Gunman Robs Taxi Driver, Doesn’t Notice Cops Behind Him

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READING, Pa. -- Cops in Pennsylvania got an eyeful when they pulled up behind a taxi cab in the middle of an armed robbery.

Surveillance cameras recorded a masked man robbing the terrified taxi driver at gunpoint – but the suspect forgot to check the rear-view mirror.

Berks County Deputy Sheriff Terry Ely was behind the cab; he became suspicious when the cab sat through several green lights.

Victor Martinez-Herrera faces multiple charges after allegedly trying to rob a taxi driver as a deputy waited behind him. (Berks County Sheriff’s Department)

Victor Martinez-Herrera faces multiple charges after allegedly trying to rob a taxi driver as a deputy waited behind him. (Berks County Sheriff’s Department)

Inside the car, cameras mounted on the ceiling recorded 18-year-old Victor Martinez-Herrera demanding, “Give me all your money man! Give me everything you got!” while pointing what appeared to be a pistol at his head, according to officials.

The shaken taxi driver, Ralph Valletta, handed over $11 and told Martinez-Herrera he had just started his shift and had no cash.

That’s when Deputy Ely decided to flash his lights and walk up to see what was happening.

“When he approached the vehicle he heard yelling,” Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht said. “The deputy saw the defendant in the back seat with a handful of money, he couldn’t see the gun at first.”

But Martinez-Herrera knew what was coming and yelled, "Fake gun!" and put up his hands, complying with the deputy's orders to get on the ground.

Sounding incredulous at his own luck, Valletta exclaimed, “You’re a lifesaver! Oh my God!”

Martinez-Herrera faces charges of robbery, terroristic threats and simple assault. He’s being held on $100,000 bail at the Berks County Jail.