Cab driver speaks after being shot during robbery
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A cab driver is sharing his story after he was shot during an armed robbery early Tuesday morning.
With a bullet permanently lodged in his back, 63-year-old Samson Ojo was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital a little more than five hours after he was shot in his taxi cab.
The shooting happened just before 5 a.m., near the 1900 block of Northwest 18th Terrace. Detectives said Ojo was dispatched to the home when a man and a woman in their 20s exited the house and robbed him of $29 from his wallet. But that wasn't enough, when the male robber tried forcing him out of the car, Ojo resisted and the gunman shot him.
"She tapped on my window on the passenger side," Ojo said. "I rolled the glass down, and then she asked me, 'Are you the one they sent to pick me up?' I said, 'Yes.' As soon as I said yes, the guy on the driver's side pointed a gun to me and said 'Don't move! Don't move!'"
Ojo said his kids and his ex-wife were the first people he thought about when the bullet struck him. "Thinking about my family, and I don't want to leave them behind without anything," Ojo said.
Investigators said Ojo drove himself to the Miami Police sub station at 2200 West Flagler Street for help. Rescue Crews then picked him up and transported him to JMH in stable condition.
"A taxi driver gives him money and he shoots at the taxi driver, shoots him in the back," Officer Kenia Reyes of the Miami Police said. "Both man and woman flee from the area. That taxi driver was courageous enough to drive himself to the South District South Station."
Ojo, who is a former solider in the Nigerian Army, said he has been robbed nine times before, but he said, he plans to keep driving a taxi. "I'm too old for anything else. I'm 63 years old."
Ojo's daughter stayed by her father's side the entire morning as he recovered. "He's been robbed, that's what he just told me, nine times, and it's the first time in all of the years that he was actually shot. It's sad because this is a dangerous profession. This is his only way of surviving."
Ojo's daughter is happy her father is alive but fears for his safety going forward. "How can you be so heartless?" Ojo said. "This is a man who's trying to support his family and you can just take another person's life?"
Another cab driver said she was robbed on the job just last week. "I just want to let you know this happened to me too, last Thursday," said Elvidia Villatoro.
Police said the gunman was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and wielded a silver pistol.
If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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