In what started as a normal night UBERing around Delray Beach, Florida, Roberto Augustin found himself being held at gunpoint and was not sure that he was going to walk away alive.
Augustin made a food delivery on Saturday night and then got lost in a neighborhood. He was driving around, looking for the way out, when he was approached by two armed men who were driving a golf cart around.
One man said, “Get out of the car, or we’re going to kill you,” and Augustin was instantly struck with fear. He said, “I thought it was my last day.”
The 32-year-old UBER driver thought that he was being robbed as one of the armed men sent a warning bullet whizzing past his head. However, as it turns out, they were not attempting to rob him but rather part of the community watch. They were out patrolling the neighborhood when they came across him.
Dustyn Brandon Jenkins, 36, and Micah Paul Mercer, 41, told deputies they saw Augustin driving around the Country Club Acres neighborhood — just west of Military Trail and south of Atlantic Avenue — in a “suspicious manner” and that when they approached him, Augustin became aggressive and charged at them. That caused them to draw their weapons and point them at Augustin, they said.
Jenkins admitted firing a warning shot to keep Augustin from fleeing, the report said.
Augustin told deputies he thought Jenkins and Mercer were out to rob him because neither man was wearing any identification and both were in plain clothes.
Augustin said he has been working as an Uber driver for less than six months and was not familiar with the area. Augustin said he was struggling to find a way out when Jenkins and Mercer came at him.
The arrest report shows the incident took place in front of Mercer’s home in the 15100 block of Hayes Road. Country Club Acres’ Facebook page describes it as a community of more than 500 single-family homes established in 1958.
“I was so scared,” said Augustin, who is originally from Haiti. “I didn’t know what they were after. I thought I was going to die.”
The gun toting duo are now facing charges of aggravated assault with deadly weapons. In addition, Jenkins is also facing charges for firing a gun in public.
They have bene ordered not to speak to each other or Augustin after being released when their $3,000 bail was posted.
There is a right way and a wrong way to act when you carry a gun. This incident is a prime example of the wrong way.