A Texas man was stabbed to death after he and his girlfriend accepted a ride from a man who they mistakenly thought was their Lyft driver, police said.
Arnold Pinilla, 34, of Garland was fatally stabbed on July 31 following a night of dancing with family and friends, according to The Dallas Morning News...
The incident occurred after Pinilla, a Colombian native, and his girlfriend had enjoyed a night of dancing at Casa Vieja restaurant in Carrollton, The Dallas Morning News reported.
They then entered Velasquez's white Subaru Legacy believing it was the Lyft driver they had requested.
Velasquez had given them the impression he was a ride-share driver for the service, however he did not work for Lyft, according to police.
After he drove the couple for a few blocks, they sensed something was wrong when he demanded payment, police said.
Usually when using a ride-share service like Uber and Lyft, customers pay and rate their driver through the services' apps on their phone instead paying drivers directly.
The couple asked to be let out of the car and the driver eventually pulled over in the 1000 block of Myers Street, and the couple got out.
Pinilla and the driver then proceeded to argue on the street before the suspect pulled a knife and fatally stabbed Pinilla, the father of a young son, police said.
Velasquez then fled in the white sedan and surveillance video captured the car believed to be that of the killer's, police said.
Thanks to tips, descriptions of the suspect's vehicle and a police sketch, authorities were able to identify Velasquez as the suspected killer.
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