By CBSLA Staff

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.

Dashcam video of a suspect who assaulted a Lyft driver at a gas station in South El Monte, Calif., on May 10, 2021. (Credit: Christine Ting)

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.

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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.

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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.

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The department did not initially release any additional details about the suspect, but held a press conference regarding the robbery and arrest Thursday.