Man attacked by duo with pepper spray, pipe along Miami sidewalk

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police have released new video of a violent robbery that involved a duo who attacked a man in the middle of the day.

According to Miami Police, the victim was casually walking in the area of Southwest Sixth Street and 15th Avenue, in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, when two people approached him on Sunday, just before 1 p.m.

Police released surveillance video from the scene, Thursday afternoon. “Our victim, obviously, was in fear for his life,” said Miami Police spokesperson Christopher Bess.

Officials said one of the subjects pepper-sprayed the victim as he lay on the ground while the other subject began to hit him with a steel pipe.

“These offenders had no regard for anyone’s safety,” said Bess.

The footage shows the victim, who was wearing a black tank top, struggling to get up from the sidewalk after being hit. He is seen grabbing onto the pipe, but that did not stop the assault. One of the robbers is then seen swinging his fists while the other continues to use pepper spray.

About halfway through the attack, it appears that one woman tried to help the victim, but she was unsuccessful.

Investigators said the subjects continued the beating before they dragged him just out of the camera’s frame. The duo then reached into the victim’s pocket and took $150 before fleeing the scene.

“An extremely brutal incident, and that’s why these offenders are facing armed robbery charges,” said Bess.

The victim made his way to a convenience store to get help. He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Meanwhile, police said they need the public’s help to apprehend these attackers and get them off the streets. “It is extremely important that we identify these offenders,” said Bess. “When people think of armed robbers, they normally think of guns. However, as you can see in this video, both offenders were armed, and they are dangerous.”

If you have any information on this violent robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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