A man from Florida who allegedly took an Uber to rob a bank in Minnesota was caught there. WOI-TV says that the 22-year-old stole the Uber driver’s car and ran away from the scene of the crime. On Wednesday, November 30, the suspect, whose name is Javier Rafael Camacho-Cepede, took an Uber to the Chase Bank at the 6100 block of SE 14th street. This is where the crime is said to have happened. The Florida man seemed to pull out a gun to get money, and then he drove away in the same car.
Camacho-Cepeda stole the car from the 3200 block of SE 14th Street. The driver called the police to report the crime and said that Camacho-Cepeda had done it. In a news release, a Des Moines Police officer said that the suspect was quickly found with the help of information from the Uber driver and the bank employees. “The only thing that makes this different is that he took an Uber to get there and an Uber back home. The Uber driver said that there weren’t many signs that something bad had happened while he was in the bank,” the report said.
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The 22-year-old is now accused of two counts of robbery in the first degree. KCCI-TV also said that the thief was caught when the Lake County Sheriffs found a gun on Camacho-Cepede in a stolen car with the money.
In another case like this, a Southfield man was arrested for robbing a Huntington bank in the middle of November. Fox2 says that police officials said the man took an Uber to and from the bank while he was committing the crime. The Southfield Police found out that the man was Jason Christmas. At the time of the event, the head of the police department said, “This is a very unusual way to commit an armed robbery in our city.”
The officials said they were sent to the Greenfield branch of the Huntington Bank after 5 p.m. on November 17. The fact that the Uber driver didn’t know about the theft is important.