SOUTH EL MONTE (CBSLA) — A suspect has been arrested in the May 11 armed robbery and assault of an elderly Lyft driver at a South El Monte gas station, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday.
The attack, caught on dashcam video, occurred at about 9:20 p.m. at the Arco station at Rush Street and Rosemead Boulevard shortly after Paul Liao finished washing his car and was waiting for his next Lyft ride.READ MORE: Chargers Rally To Beat Turnover-Prone Chiefs 30-24 In KC
In the video, the suspect slides in the backseat of the vehicle, grabs Liao’s phone then forces him to hand over more than $1,500 in cash.
Liao’s daughter-in-law Christine Ting said he had just earned that money at another job.READ MORE: Witnesses Describe Chaotic Scene As Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Unfolds Near U.S. Open Of Surfing
Twice during the robbery, the man can be seen striking Liao in the face with what appeared to be a gun, giving Liao a bloody nose.
Liao said the man also tried to steal the car, but he convinced the would-be car thief that the vehicle would only work for the owner of it.MORE NEWS: Marvel Suing To Keep Rights To 'Avengers' Characters From Copyright Termination
The department did not initially release any additional details about the suspect, but held a press conference regarding the robbery and arrest Thursday.