South Florida Taxi Cab Driver goes on violent rampage
A South Florida taxi cab driver went on a violent rampage when trying to escape from police.
According to investigators, the taxi cab driver, 29-year-old Frantzy Armand, was pulled over Tuesday morning, April 14, by Miami police near Northeast Fourth Avenue and 79th Street in Miami, F.L. Armand’s attempts to escape from police began when he got out of the taxi cab with an assault rifle, and started firing at the officer, who was still inside his cruiser. Armand continued firing at random, striking a male bystander, and stole the police officer’s cruiser. The bystander was later transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. Meanwhile, Armand took off in the police cruiser, sirens blaring, headed towards North Miami.
Bernadette Gonzales, a resident of North Miami, was driving to work in her Saturn convertible with the top down, near Sans Souci Boulevard. Police said Armand drove right past Gonzales and her Saturn and fired. Gonzales reports that as she looked out, she saw an assault rifle pointed directly at her. “At first, I thought, Why did that cop shoot me? I don’t understand,” she said. Gonzales then saw blood flowing profusely from her left forearm. “I thought, ‘Oh, God, I’ve got to contain this blood, or I’m gonna die,'” she said. “I was trying to hold on to my arm, blood was still squirting everywhere and dripping all over my clothes, my shoes, the car. I got out of the car right away, as soon as I could.” Gonzales says she probably would not have survived if she’d been shot anywhere else on her body. “It could have been a different story. If someone was sitting in my passenger seat, there are holes in my passenger seat. They would have gotten it, too.”
Armand shot several bullet holes into Gonzales’ Saturn convertible, near the front window and on a passenger seat. Her left forearm was on the steering wheel when she was shot. As she sat bleeding in her car, Gonzales said she thought of her children.”You never think it’s going to happen to you. You see it on TV in Miami all the time, but you don’t think it’s going to happen to you,” she said. “I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but … somebody was watching over me.”
Gonzales was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital with three bullet wounds just beneath her wrist. She was later released, but added the incident has left her physically and mentally scarred. Armand is facing a charge of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.