BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA — A masked man pulled a gun on a cab driver on Monday, March 7 around 4:30 p.m. Had he noticed the cop sitting directly behind them in traffic, he probably wouldn't be sitting in prison right now.
18-year-old Victor Martinez-Herrera got into Ralph Valletta's taxi and waited a few seconds before putting a gun to the cabbie's head. Valletta quickly panicked as the crook shouted demands at him. In footage captured on the taxi's dash cam, Martinez-Herrera can be heard saying "Give me all your money, man. We can make this the easy way, or we can make this the hard way."
After Valletta hands over the $11 in cash he has on him, Martinez-Herrera continues to yell at him to hand over more money. When Valletta tells him he "just started (his shift)" Martinez-Herrera keeps asking for more, saying "I'm not gonna hurt you just give me everything you got."
Seconds later, Deputy Sheriff Terry Ely walks over to the cab's back door, asks the mugger "What's the problem? Let me see your hands." He then pulls Martinez-Herrera out of the cab and instructs him to get on the ground. The officer then places Martinez-Herrera under arrest.
Victor Martinez-Herrera is now facing charges of robbery, terroristic threats and a weapons offense. He is being held at Berks County Prison on $100,000 bail.