An Uber driver was initially an armed-robbery victim in Hermosa Beach, but he turned into something of a hero by tracking down his three assailants and getting them arrested.

The Uber driver had what looked like a gun pointed at him when he gave up his money and cell phone, police said.

The driver, a resident of Redondo Beach, was outside his vehicle using his cell phone about 1:20 a.m. Thursday in a Vons parking lot at 710 Pier Ave. when a suspect approached, pointed a gun at him and demanded his property, Hermosa Beach police Sgt. Robert Higgins said.

The victim complied and the suspect then fled in a vehicle with two other suspects inside, Higgins said.

“The victim followed the suspect vehicle out of Hermosa Beach into the Lawndale area where he flagged down a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy,” the sergeant said. “The suspect vehicle was stopped and the suspects were arrested. A replica handgun and the victim’s property (were) removed from the suspects’ vehicle.”

Arrested were 19-year-old Los Angeles residents Anthony Mateo and Alexis Stewart and 18-year-old Dwaun Jennings of Pomona, Higgins said.

All three were being held on $100,000 bail, he said.

It was unclear which of the three allegedly pointed the gun at the victim.

— City News Service

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