FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – A man was taken to Florida Medical Center early Friday after a group of robbers held him up at gunpoint and drove his car into a canal, Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Gina Carter said.
The victim's black Chrysler 300 was pulled from the canal later in the morning at Northwest 27th Avenue in unincorporated Fort Lauderdale.
Sky 10 was above the scene shortly after 6 a.m. and saw divers searching the water for any occupants after authorities responded to calls about a car in the water.
The driver's father arrived at the scene to find out that his son, Dannie Harrington, 28, was at the hospital.
"It's just a relief that he's OK," Ervin Bynes said.
Bynes told Local 10 News reporter Layron Livingston that he didn't know how his son's car ended up in the canal or how he made it to the hospital.
"I don't know, but he's Ok," Bynes said.
Carter said Harrington was in the area of 4490 NW 43rd St. in Lauderdale Lakes when he was approached by three males who were armed with a handgun.
The men forced their way into his car and made him drive toward U.S. 27 on Interstate 75, Carter said.
According to Carter, the robbers struck the victim several times with their fists and gun in his face, neck, hands and left arm.
"The suspects took the victim's car, belongings and some of his clothes and left him walking on I-75 near Weston. He was spotted by a passer-by who stopped to help and contacted BSO's Weston office," Carter said.
Deputies took Harrington to the hospital for treatment.
The robbers are believed to have driven Harrington's car into the canal.
Harrington suffered multiple cuts, scrapes and bruises from the attack.