A Florida man became part of real-life Grand Theft Auto, after he called an Uber driver, robbed a bank, and then fled after stealing the car he had arrived to the bank in. The incident occurred earlier on November 30 and occurred in Iowa. The accused in the matter was identified as 22-year-old Javier Rafael Camacho-Cepeda, who hails from Bradenton, Florida.

According to reports, the 22-year-old accused took an Uber to the Chase Bank located on the 14th Street. He entered the bank, pulled out a handgun, and left the bank with an unreported amount of money sometime around 11.30 am.

He then went on to get in the Uber and left the scene of crime. When the Uber stopped at the 2300 block of 14th Street, the accused pulled his gun out again, and carjacked the Uber.

Sergeant Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department was quoted in a who13 report saying, “The only thing that makes this unique is that, you know, he took the Uber there, and he took the Uber away. According to the Uber driver there wasn’t a lot of indication that anything had gone wrong while he was in the bank.”

The accused was taken in custody earlier on Wednesday night and has been charged with counts of robbery in first degree.

The Facts of the Matter

Imagine being an Uber driver and having an uneventful day when you somehow not only end up aiding a robber, but also have to do away with car you were driving. A driver in Iowa recently suffered a similar ordeal after a Florida-based man hailed an Uber, reached a bank to rob it, fled the scene in the same Uber, and then took off with the car after carjacking the driver.

The incident was reported from Iowa and occurred earlier on November 30. The accused in the matter was identified as 22-year-old Javier Rafael Camacho-Cepeda, a resident of Bradenton, Florida.

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Florida Man Takes Uber to Rob Bank

As per the reports, Javier hailed an Uber ride and asked the driver to take him to the Chase Bank. Unbeknownst to Javier’s plan, the driver took him to the bank where the accused pulled out a handgun, and left the scene with an undisclosed amount of loot.

Real Life GTA

He again went back to the Uber he had hailed, and asked the driver to drive on. Some twenty-minutes into the drive, the accused pulled out his gun once again, and carjacked the Uber. The Uber driver alerted the cops of his car being stolen at the gunpoint.

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Driving 460 Miles Only to be Arrested

While Javier thought that he had an airtight plan, things from that point went south for him. Before he could evade the long arm of the law, he was stopped by the authorities in Lake County and was arrested in Minnesota.

The accused drove as many as 460 miles away from Des Moines, only to be arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery.

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Uber Driver Had No Idea Of the Ordeal

Sergeant Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department later told media about the incident and the arrest that followed. “We’ve got some technology resources available to us and then just some good investigative skills and they were able to determine he was heading to the US-Canadian border,” he was quoted saying.

As far as the Uber driver goes, Sergeant Paul added that the driver had no idea that he was aiding a robber, and didn’t suspect anything to have gone wrong at the bank.


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