Lyft Driver Flees Gunfire During Armed Robbery Attempt in Pasadena

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A Lyft driver who became the target of an attempted robbery in Pasadena sped away from an armed man and narrowly escaped getting shot as at least one round shattered his vehicle’s window Sunday morning, Oct. 31.

The Lyft driver was supposed to pick up a passenger at the 800 block of North Oakland Avenue at 6:55 a.m., Pasadena Police Lt. Marcia Taglioretti said. When he arrived at that location he saw a man get into an older-model, dark blue truck. The pickup then pulled up next to the victim’s vehicle, preventing him from opening his driver-side door.

A suspect in the pickup brandished a gun and demanded the victim’s water bottle, Taglioretti said. The Lyft driver complied at first, but when the robber told him to give up his wallet, the victim ducked his head into his lap and slammed on the gas pedal to getaway.

The Lyft driver heard a gunshot, and his window shattered as he fled. Investigators found evidence indicating at least one round fired during the robbery attempt, but the victim escaped unharmed.

It was not immediately clear if one or more people were in the pickup truck, Taglioretti said. A detailed description of any possible suspect was not available Sunday morning.

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