HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- New dashcam video shows the terrifying moments a Houston rideshare driver was threatened with a gun while driving two suspects.
The aggravated robbery happened around 11 a.m. on Oct. 18, 2022, but police released the video on Jan. 3, 2023, in hopes that someone might recognize the suspects.
The driver, named Dovran, said he picked up man named "MJ" at a restaurant in the 7600 block of Westheimer.
About five minutes into the ride, he said one of the passengers pulled out a handgun and demanded he get out of the vehicle. The other passenger reached for his seat.
"Get the f*** out the car. Get the f*** out the car," one of the suspects is heard demanding repeatedly in the dashcam video.
"I wasn't scared in that situation at that time," Dovran said. "I was just trying to escape. Luckily, he didn't shoot me."
Soon, the other suspect got out, opened Dovran's side door, and tried to take his cellphone, police said.
During the struggle for the phone, police said Dovran was able to cause the suspect to fall to the ground. That's when Dovran managed to accelerate the vehicle, all while the first suspect still had a gun to his head.
"Get out before I kill you. Get out before I kill you. I'm going to kill you," the armed suspect said.
"I was thinking, 'OK, if I drive off, at least one guy will be behind me because he was outside.' Luckily, the guy who was in the driving seat, he just jumped out," Dovran explained.
Both suspects are described as Black men, around 20 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 9 inches, 140 pounds, with slim builds and dark complexions. They were both wearing hoodies during the aggravated robbery.
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