cab driver robbed

A Pennsylvania police officer busted a thug who robbed a cab driver right in front of him. Cab driver Ralph Valletta picked up the passenger, Victor Martinez-Herrera, 18, in Wyomissing, PA. on Monday.

Valletta stopped at a red light at the intersection of Buttonwood Street and North 10th Street shortly before 4:30 p.m. Suddenly, Martinez-Herrera produced a pistol and held it to Valletta's head.

"Gimme all yo' money man! Gimme everything you got!" Martinez-Herrera shouted at the terrified cabbie.

The robbery was caught on Valletta's dashboard camera.

As Valletta handed over his money, Deputy Sheriff Terry Ely pulled up behind the cab in his police cruiser.

Martinez-Herrera continued to shake down Valletta inside the cab. "I need yo' money now! We can do this the easy way, or we can make this the hard way," he shouted.

When the light turned green, Valletta didn't lift his foot off the brake.

“He's yelling he wants money, and all I had were 11 dollars in one pocket for change,” Valletta told the Reading Eagle newspaper.

Ely, who had just finished serving civil paperwork on a resident nearby, could hear the commotion coming from the cab.

“It sounded like people talking loud or some kind of an argument coming from inside of the cab," Ely told Readingeagle.com.

“The commotion was still going on, so I made it a point to put on my emergency lights.” he said.

When the flashing lights failed to get the cab occupants' attention, Ely exited his patrol unit and cautiously approached the back of the cab.

Valletta, who saw the officer approaching the vehicle in his rear view mirror, told Martinez-Herrera, "There's a cop behind us."

“It was like a vision of God when I saw those lights,” Valletta said.

“Right when I hit the door, I heard the driver say, ‘Please don't shoot me,' said Ely.

"Let me see your hands… get out," Ely said calmly to a befuddled Martinez-Herrera.

"Get on the ground now," said Ely, as both Martinez-Herrera and Vallarta piled out of the cab.

"You're a lifesaver! Oh, my God!" Vallarta cried as Ely asked Martinez-Herrera if he had a gun on him.

"He had a gun! He had it at my head," said Vallarta.

It turns out Martinez-Herrera's weapon was a pellet gun with an authentic-looking scope.

“Thank God it wasn't a real gun, because I would have been in a really bad situation,” Ely said. “I had no clue what was going on in that car — no idea."

  • That’s Interesting

    18! Really?

  • fyah

    I hope they throw the book at this criminal! God put that cop in the right place at the right time.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    What a dumb azz! Everyone with common damn sense know that cabs have security cameras in them. Oviously he was raised by wolfs

  • iWasteTime

    Good Morning Roses.
    Come on Victor Martinez-Herrera you proving Donald right!

  • WetPntees

    Look at God...... *yells* I SAID LOOK AT HIM!!!

  • Jen_n_juice

    N!gga look 30 *Martin voice*

  • Mel

    Welp he's a dumb ass all that for $11 and some handcuffs bruh you're an idiot

  • Fendi

    ROTFL. I wiped my brows when I saw his last name. The Latino delegation has to bail him out. We not claiming him.

  • iWasteTime

    Word! Your name says you are THEIR problem!

  • Renee26

    Victor Martinez-Herrera 18.... That's very questionable....looks like O'Sh*t from Black Ink Crew

  • Renee26

    I betting on fake ID lol

  • my view

    And they wonder why cab drivers don't want to stop for us

  • Fendi

    IDK any members of the Black delegation who start their sentences off with, "Mira..." Not one. ???

  • Tammie Reed

    Drug use makes you look like this dude but he got his taste of Karma real quick! Thank goodness the cab driver was not hurt!

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    STFU! Speak for yourself that idiot isn't a reflection of me or my people. How dare you try to spin this ish and blame all blacks. The nerve of your dumb ass.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hey there bewskie <3

  • Lolalao

    Ha!

  • JENNYJONES1

    REGARDLESS THAT'S WHAT HIS BEY-0TCH A** GETS!!!!! GET A JOB N*CCA!!! I'M SO SICK OF WORKING LIKE A DOG AND THESE CLOWNS THINK ITS OK TO GO ROB FOR WHAT THEY WANT. SMH!!!! LETS SEE HIM PULL THAT MESS IN PRISON WHERE HE'LL BE GETTING ROBBED OF HIS BU$$Y............JENNY JONES!!!!

  • SpillyNillie

    *peeks in* Murning! Ya'll in here?

  • Renee26

    That's why he was dressed in that hazmat suit lol

  • Renee26

    Dang you big font mad! lmao

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    Donald Trump couldn’t be proven right about anything ever. This fool up top is a dumb thief and Donald Trump is a smart one. I saw on Nightline last night where Trump Modeling agency is being sued by a Jamaican model who was brought here at the age of seventeen by Trumps’ agency. I think she cleared $3800.00 but according to documents used to bring her into this country on a special visa, she was promised $75,000. Trump will be cleared of any wrong doing, and she will be labeled an opportunist, naïve, etc. SMDH

  • SameoleJ

    1. Victor Martinez-Herrera? He looks like his name is Bernard or Rodney
    2. 18? I highly doubt that
    3. That is not a Philly police car behind them, unless the officer was in an unmarked car.
    4. Was this in Philadelphia or Wyomissing, PA? They are not the same thing.
    5. The cop heard the commotion behind the cab, while sitting in his car? How Sway? Very rarely does a cabby roll down a window.
    6. Dude was dumb as hell for: A. Thinking he could ride around in a cab in the city with a mask on his face B. Trying to rob a cab driver, knowing they have dash cams now
    7. Dude was pathetic for trying to rob anybody.............PERIOD!!

    OT: I hate that it typically a black person who has to come to work and when asked how their child or family member, etc. died, they have to say they were shot!!! Why my people? This makes no sense. This is the time where I wish winter was all year long, because the glimpse of warm weather brings out the hibernating demons.

  • SameoleJ

    They stop for me with no problem. To be honest, I would NOT have stopped for dude up there and I would have been right in my assumption- although there are people with tats, etc who are good people.

  • LeBrick James

    I guess there are a few good ones out there.
    But as a black man, i still dont trust them though.

  • Finding Forever…

    ROBERY GONE WRONG...First you rob a cab with KNOWN & SEEN signage (that either the safe can't be opened by driver or he only carries xyz of limited funds)...Second you rob him with a DAMN PELLET GUN...Thirdly, ONLY for $11...Fourth, YOU--driver would actually ANNOUNCE that the COPS ARE BEHIND US, LOL...YOU REALLY DUCKED A DEATH SENTENCE, SIR...Was thee ONLY one who had to look & read over (pertaining to the names)--THOUGHT Martinez-Herrera was the driver, LOL...

  • LeBrick James

    To look like that at age 18, this negro must have had a hard life,

  • Renee26

    I think it's rude to ask how a person died...if they don't volunteer the info then it doesn't need to be known.IMO... Most people volunteer info like "my ... passed from cancer/had a heart attack/stroke" whatever when they want people to know the cause.

  • SameoleJ

    I never ask, but some people do and some volunteer. It is just saddening that usually when it is a black young person it turns out to be by a gun.

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    U got people working hard then a thug come demand all eleven dollars on the terrified poor man pocket. I say kill them all.

  • SameoleJ

    Unfortunately, because the judicial system has become so corrupt, or perhaps has gotten more corrupt, they can't kill them all, as some have been wrongfully imprisoned.

  • Finding Forever…

    ANY OTHER CRIMINAL NEWS...MR. SEXY INMATE 1212, Jeremy Meeks is RELEASED, LOL...Gotta an agent & ALL--going the model & acting route...Instagram Page, TOO...Who says you can take a NEGATIVE & make it a POSITIVE, I Guess...LOL

  • Renee26

    Good MornTING!

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    Can u imagine that poor man fear. They love trying foreigners. The man only had eleven dollars smh. Probably one ride fare he had earlier. Wait for that thug mother to go make t shirt and GoFundMe account like her son is some political prisoner like N Mandela

  • Renee26

    Agreed...and then the yt people in the office start giving the side eye thinking that you might be involved in unsavory activities too...all because of association with someone who was murdered. As if bullets have names

  • Finding Forever…

    Absolutely...JUST saw this morning that 4 people (could be 5, if my memory is right) was shot & killed at a backyard cookout in the burbs of Pittsburgh...3 survived...Dion Waiters of the NBA, little brother about 21 or 22 was gunned down & killed in South Philly...JUST SAD :(

  • Finding Forever…

    Just told my mother this yesterday...WARMER WEATHER, here THEY COME...We DON'T do COLD weather & that's about the lowest crime rate time period here in Baltimore, SADLY...

  • SameoleJ

    EXACTLY, because it never occurs to them that the bullet could have been meant for someone else. That would never cross their minds!

  • Yoni

    Where is his raggedy damn DADDY at. He's "18", the hell he out robbin' folks for? And for $11? Really? Now you about to serve damn near a life sentence over $11.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    He ain't black he belong to Zoe and em.

  • SameoleJ

    Right now they are fighting over dirt bikes apparently. Really fighting over an item that doesn't even belong on a city street. God forgive me, but every time I see the dumbazz ones in front of my car popping wheelies, etc. I just want to tap the heyul out of their back wheel. I am thankful that my sons have no interest in them.

  • Milani

    if the brother can make lemons out of lemonade and stay out of trouble and turn his life around by going the model/acting route and be a better husband and father for his family, then good for him...

  • Futuredocdonte

    In today's episode of "You Big Dummy" ::red fox voice::

  • SameoleJ

    They tracking down Juan right now to ask if he is sure that boy is his son. Soon as he say he had doubts, he will be Victor Jackson.

  • Milani

    NEW POST - The Donald

  • Just Keya

    My son and the Mr. loves them. Praise God Nakeya8 is not allowed on one and the Mr does not own one. Soon as it's nice out, all the fools are out with them. It's a mess.

  • Genia Gouch

    I hope this serves as a wake up call for this young man...i hope he decides to change the path. The timeout he will undoubtedly be sentenced to, should provide him plenty of time, to think about what direction he would like his life to go in. This could be life changing in the positive for the young man. God Bless the victim.

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    Congratulations, you played yourself.

  • Finding Forever…

    RIGHT...MODEL ON BROTHER, MODEL ON...MY LITTLE INMATE, MCSTEAMY...LOL...WOMENZ WERE ALLLLLL OVER HIM--CRIMINAL RECORD & ALL, LOL...Married & a kid, can ONLY HOPE & PRAY he has learned the ERROR of his ways; if no one but his kid & wife...

  • SameoleJ

    Saw a group of 15-20 of them running the red light, holding up traffic and even stopping in the intersection to block traffic, yesterday. God forgive me again, cause when I see them fall and suffer a minor injury, like a scratch or bruise or their bike gets messed up, I smile inside and that is what you get!!. I wish no bad on them, but those moments make me a little happy.

    I am sure you Mr. is one of the ones who actually ride properly, legally and if he bought a bike it would be a motorcycle, which is made for street riding.

  • Yoni

    New post - trump fukin with folks coints

  • SameoleJ

    I can imagine the victims fear and any victims fear, even those who take a ride in the back of a police car and there is no one who will come and save them. Can we kill those thugs too?

  • Afiya

    ...and a fake gun.

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    All thugs. Legal thugs in uniforms as well, ma'am.

  • Auditor

    Exactly Black folks need to step their game up if you're going to do illegal activity...

  • Auditor

    Ew not my type...but good for him.

  • Finding Forever…

    I HATE THOSE BIKES...Yeah it gives them a sense of "brotherhood" & A LOT better than KILLING, but they SHUT SH$T DOWN HERE--12 Clock Boys...UP & DOWN, UP & DOWN...My brother watches (recently admitted he rode a few times but usually follows & watches, Mom damn near passed out)...JUST said City Council of Baltimore will MAKE a riding park--THANK YOU JESUS because they aren't leaving, cops can't or shouldn't chase & THEE drivers are here...

  • Auditor

    Exactly I'm like 18? I must be 10 years old...

  • Yoni

    I wonder if he would have put any of that towards a haircut.

  • Afiya

    My granddaugher loves Baltimore...

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Life have been real hard on him if he's only 18.

  • Blue

    18 years old or he been robbin' cabbies for 18 years? Cause he look seasoned.

  • Finding Forever…

    LOVE/HATE IT...BUT THERE'S NOOOOOO PLACE LIKE HOME :)

  • BLOODBLOOD

    ?????? dumb mf!!!!

  • Just Keya

    Girl nope. No riding at all for him smh

  • Just Keya

    Uhh do I need to Check my email

  • Meme81

    Cop probably saw his silly arse putting up his surgical mask in the cab and knew what was going on. How much can u really get by robbing a cabby, anyway? That's stupid criminal ish.

  • Auditor

    Eh don't know how true that is...where I live it barely gets cold and not too many issues except that crazy ass border stuff. I think it's people going crazy from being trapped in the house for damn near 9 months out the year. I lived in New England and yup I just wanted to hurt someone when it got warm those measely 5 days out the year lol.

  • 1 Hit Wonder

    That could have ended badly for the cop. He just strolled on up to the car. If it were a real gun thing might have turned deadly.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Shut it

  • Auditor

    And pro activ

  • Yoni

    He woulda had to rob TWO MORE cabs to get that.

  • SameoleJ

    Not yet, been some major changes so things are at a stand still for a moment. I didn't forget. :)

  • SameoleJ

    I am in Philly......it IS how they are here.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I saw that this morning and was so relieved for the driver that the cop was observant. That's a bad feeling...

  • Traci404

    Throwing away another life.
    He is going to jail..attempted robbery

  • SandrasNewFave

    #lawrys

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    (snatches your key board)THERE!!!!now im headed back upstairs to retrieve Yoni's!!!!????

  • mzbestseller

    I'm crine!!!????? not Lawry's ?????? #Icaaant

  • SandrasNewFave

    Lmao. Had to

  • Sincerity7

    Perfect timing! I'm glad it worked out.

  • my view

    I dare because I can and I will if that's what I want to do. It's my opinion and i'll voice it if I want. Now take your silly behind somewhere else

  • my view

    But Zoe is black

  • my view

    It's a blog i'll say what I want

  • Pettyville123

    This Jack@$$

  • S. Williams

    LOL WE HEARD YOU!!!

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Speak for yourself and not for all blacks, OKAY! You made a stupid racist monolithic comment about blacks. Throw yourself under the bus not me and my people.

  • Sexy CJ

    Victor Martinez-Herrera..............

  • Sexy CJ

    ***********

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    According to her, she ain't.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    ????. Why can't he be Victor Patel?

  • Monday

    Doesn't he knows there's cameras EVERYWHERE???

    EVERYWHERE??

    Those days are over fool!! ?

  • my view

    Girl hush and stay out my opinions. I'll post what I want and if you don't like it keep scrolling down.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    You don't speak for me so when you're talking about blacks, speak for yourself alone.