Taxi driver shot during robbery, incident caught on camera

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Jonathan King Jr. is seen in surveillance video hitting the taxi driver in the face with a gun, Davie police said. (Davie Police)

Florida, USA — Police arrested 26-year-old Jonathan King Jr. after shooting a taxi driver on the leg during an armed robbery.

According to police report, the incident happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. last 24th of August. A taxi driver picked up the suspect at a gas station at the intersection of Davie Road and Southwest 37th Street.

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Furthermore, Mr. King allegedly told the driver he was 18 and said his name was Jean Lois.

The victim drove Mr. King to a Bank of America at 3580 S. University Drive. As soon as they arrived at the parking lot, Mr. King assaulted the driver, attempting to rob him.

Jonathan King Jr., 26, is accused of robbing and shooting a taxi driver in Davie, police said. (Broward Sheriff’s Office)

A video recorded by the cab’s dashboard camera showed the gunman shouting at the driver.

“Do not play with me,” Mr. King threatened, hitting the right side of the driver’s face with a black handgun.

The cabbie continued driving while defending himself from the attacker, claiming he “doesn’t have anything.”

The suspect then ordered the driver to take him home to the 6200 block of Southwest 39th Street. “Don’t make me shoot you,” he said, before shooting the driver once above the right knee. Investigators claim that the bullet went through the seat and landed on the floor on the driver’s side.

The victim only realized he was already shot after smelling the odor of gun powder.

Eventually, the victim was able to remove the robber from his car and drove a short distance away before calling the police.

Authorities immediately arrived at the scene and searched the area with helicopters and police dogs. However, Mr. King already ran off from the scene.

Shortly after, police have realized that the suspect was wearing an ankle monitor because of a previous arrest.

“He had it on during the robbery [and] we were able to [identify] him,” he said. “On [Sept.] 3rd, we went to take him into custody. The GPS [monitor] was showing him at the house [and] three minutes later the signal goes dead.”

According to investigators, the suspect has a history of robbing taxis and also has a long violent criminal history.

Authorities eventually managed to arrest Mr. King on March 13 due to drug and weapon charges in Hallandale Beach. His charges include armed robbery, aggravated battery and destroying, damaging or altering an electronic monitor.

Furthermore, he is currently in Broward County Jail without bond for violating the terms of his pre-trial release.

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