SOUTH EL MONTE (CBSLA) — A tip led to the arrest of a man suspected in the violent attack on an elderly Lyft driver that was caught on camera, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.
Authorities said 26-year-old Dandre Powell was taken into custody during a traffic stop. Deputies said he was armed during the arrest.READ MORE: Chargers Rally To Beat Turnover-Prone Chiefs 30-24 In KC
“This individual is a very, very dangerous person,” Sgt. Richard Lewis said. “He has a long criminal history of violence and he was only brought into custody, mainly by that video, but with the help of the public.”
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.
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.READ MORE: Witnesses Describe Chaotic Scene As Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Unfolds Near U.S. Open Of Surfing
Liao’s daughter-in-law Christine Ting said he had just earned that money at another job.
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.
Powell is being held on several charges, including robbery, victimizing an elderly individual and a being a felon in possession of a firearm. His bail has been set at $2 million.MORE NEWS: Marvel Suing To Keep Rights To 'Avengers' Characters From Copyright Termination
“He’s been out there doing this for a while,” Lewis said. “There may be other victims. Please contact us immediately.”