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Arrest made in violent holdup of California Lyft driver

Dandre Powell
Posted at 1:13 PM, May 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 16:13:57-04

SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man arrested on suspicion of robbing and pistol-whipping a Lyft driver in a Los Angeles suburb had two previous felony convictions.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says Dandre Powell was arrested Tuesday in Paramount for the May 10 attack on 67-year-old Paul Liao at a gas station in South El Monte. Liao said the robber slipped into the car and struck him twice in the face with a gun before fleeing. The holdup was captured by the car's dashcam.

Liao managed to dissuade the man from stealing the car by saying it had a keyless ignition system and the gunman wouldn’t be able to drive it.