MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The Miami inmate who managed to escape from police custody for five hours faced a bond court judge again Tuesday this time charged with holding up a taxi cab driver — a crime that he allegedly committed last month.
John Paul Garrido, 26, of Miami, now faces an armed robbery charge for stealing $200 from a taxi driver.
Miami-Dade police say the incident occurred on September 27th at 11 p.m. That’s when Garrido hailed a cab at 82nd Avenue and West Flagler and asked to be taken 15300 block of Southwest 106th Lane.
The cab driver felt something was wrong when Garrido allegedly asked her to pull her cab next to some garbage tanks. That’s when the cab driver refused and when she asked him for the fare, he asked her if she had change for a $100 bill.
When she told him she did not have any money, Garrido allegedly placed a hand under his shirt in an attempt to mimic a gun and said, “Give me your money or I will shoot you,” according to the police report. She handed him $200. After a police lineup, the taxi driver identified the man who robbed her as Garrido.
On Tuesday, a judge ordered him held on a $7,500 bond.
On November 1st, Garrido managed to escape from a police officer’s car while it was stopped at a red light just blocks from the jail at Northwest 12th Street and 14th Avenue. Garrido managed to get out of his flex-cuffs and escaped from the back of the police car by reaching over a slightly open window and pulling up the handle.
After a five-hour search, Garrido was found sitting quietly underneath a tree just blocks away from where he had allegedly escaped.