Miami-Dade County

Police nab suspect in taxi driver hold ups

Miami police say they have captured the man they suspect held-up several taxi cab robberies throughout the city.

Christopher Albert Debanos, 21, was arrested and charged with several counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm.

Police say Debanos is responsible for at least seven robberies in which the cabbies were robbed at gunpoint after picking up a customer. Along with hundreds of dollars in cash, other items stolen during these robberies include cell phones, car keys and wallets.

In one robbery, cabbie driver Michael Honik, 51, said he picked up a customer on Collins Avenue at 8th Street who asked to be taken to 490 SW 8th Street. Honik told police as they got underway he heard a gun cock and then its barrel was pushing into the back of his head.

Honik said the armed man ordered him to hand over his cash, his wallet and his cell phone. After he did so, Honick was told to lay face down on the passenger seat and count to one hundred as the armed man took off on foot.

All of the robberies have followed a similar pattern. Police say all of the robbers were either Hispanic or black males in their early to mid 20s. In all cases, after the robberies they took off on foot.

Miami police believe Debanos had an accomplice, who is still at large and considered to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding these robberies is asked to call the Miami Police Department's Robbery Unit at (305) 603-6370 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

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