Man holds taxi driver at gunpoint in North Lauderdale – NBC 6 South Florida


A taxi driver repeatedly begged for his life when an armed customer refused to pay the fare before being driven to his destination, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

“Are you pointing a gun at me, man?” the taxi driver said in surveillance video taken from inside the taxi. “Please, man, don’t kill me. Don’t kill me, man. Do not kill me.

Almost three months later, BSO arrested a suspect.

Omarion Samuel, 18, faces seven counts, including kidnapping with a gun, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and shooting a firearm in public, records show.

Samuel called the cab around 1:20 a.m. on July 4 and was picked up from the 7800 block of Southwest Eighth Street in North Lauderdale, investigators said.

NBC 6’s Jessica Vallejo has the video showing the incident where the passenger pulled out the gun.

Samuel told the taxi driver his name was “James” and that he wanted a ride, but as the taxi driver explained that he had to be prepaid, the passenger got angry , called for another cab and pointed a gun at the driver.

“Sir, sir, I’ll call you another cab, please,” the driver said. “Your taxi is coming, please man, I don’t want any trouble.”

“Turn around, turn around, turn around,” Samuel said. “Calm.”

Samuel asks the taxi driver to take him back to where he was picked up, then there is a loud noise before Samuel gets out of the car, the video showed.

The driver repeatedly said to himself, “He pointed a gun at me. It is serious.”

In his first court appearance on Friday morning, Samuel was held without bail at the Broward County Jail.

The taxi driver’s name has not been released by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.


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