Boca Raton man uses social media to help police nab alleged carjacker
BOCA RATON, Fla. (WPEC) —
A pick-up truck owner survives a violent carjacking, but then turns the tables on the bad guy.
Now the alleged crook is behind bars.
Police say that Lake Worth man committed two carjackings in less than a week.
But in one of those cases, the victim used social media and did a little detective work to help police make the arrest.
“I was terrified. I was in utter disbelief,” said Alex Po, a Boca Raton resident.
Po, 22, was carjacked November 12 and he has the scrapes and scratches to prove it.
He had posted an ad on the OfferUp app to sell his black 2003 Chevy Silverado SS pickup truck.
He says he took the person who answered the ad, Robert Kellerman, 54, of Lake Worth, out for a test drive.
They stopped the truck to switch places and when Kellerman got behind the wheel of the pickup on SW 18th Street in Boca Raton, he sped off, with Po hanging onto his truck for dear life.
“I’m halfway in the passenger seat. He does a complete U-turn while I’m halfway in with the door open,” Po said.
So he started posting photos of his stolen truck on social media.
Police say Kellerman committed another carjacking the following weekend on November 18 and stole another pick-up in Boynton Beach, a black 2006 Ford F-350, at a Home Depot.
But in this case the owner caught him and held him in a choke hold until Boynton Beach Police got there.
That owner posted Kellerman’s photo on Facebook.
Po took one look at that photo and knew instantly Kellerman was the same guy who carjacked him.
“I saw the mugshot and there was no question, it was definitely the same guy,” Po explained.
Po texted Boca Raton Police, and they arrested Kellerman again. Po also got his truck back, and a thank you from one of the Boca Raton Police detectives.
“He actually said that I have a future in law enforcement,” Po said with a smile.
Kellerman is being held without bond in two separate carjackings in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach.