Getaway Driver Charged Following Park Mugging

A young man with a juvenile record is being held without bond for his alleged role in the mugging of a jogger.

According to an article in the Sun Sentinel, Cooper Manuel Collado Jr., 18, was charged with robbery without a weapon and violation of probation in a loitering and prowling case. Collado was allegedly the getaway driver in a mugging that took place in Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City.

A woman who was jogging around 8:30 pm while listening to music on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone was approached by two men, one of whom threw her to the ground. During a struggle, the woman was punched in the face and her phone was taken. The victim screamed and chased the men toward the park entrance where two unidentified men tried to stop the robbers.

It was then that a green Honda CRV allegedly driven by Collado approached the altercation under the pretense of offering aid to the victims. However, the two robbers hopped in the car and sped away. A park manager had been watching the SUV, which had been driving with the lights off, and took note of the license plate. The SUV was traced by BSO to Collado’s parents. No one else has been arrested in connection with the crime.