Police release sketch of suspected serial armed robber in Deerfield Beach

DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A man who has committed at least three armed robberies in Deerfield Beach over the past few months was seen by a witness just moments before the suspect put a bandanna over his face.

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives, the armed robber has committed at least three crimes along the same road in Deerfield Beach, with the last armed robbery taking place Monday morning.

The suspect’s face had not been seen until then, when a victim during an armed robbery was able to get a good look at his face before the robber allegedly pistol-whipped the victim, along the 400 block of Lock Road. Detectives were able to sketch a drawing of the suspect due to a description given to detectives by the victim of Monday’s robbery. Authorities describe the man as a young, Latin man, possibly in his late teens or early 20s, who stands approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall.

“I didn’t think nothing of it,” said the victim, who asked to remain anonymous. “We made eye contact, so I shrugged it off. I dropped off the stuff in my car, and as soon as I turn around, he went around a pickup truck. That’s when he had the bandanna on, pulled out the weapon and just asked for my wallet.”

BSO officers said the two other robberies were committed in late August.

Back in August, one of the robberies involved a home invasion along Lock Road, where the robber confronted a man in the hallway of their apartment. The robber then forced the man back into his apartment and ordered him and the woman inside to get on the ground at gunpoint.

“He made me lay on the ground, asked for credit card and cash, and when she ran out, he actually took a shot at her,” said one of the victims in that robbery.

Two days later, he forced a man and his wife into their home and pointed a gun at them, demanding credit cards and cash.

BSO Detective Mark Copley urged area residents to take safety precautions. “It’s the same location, the same physical description… Lock your doors, lock your cars and be aware of your surroundings,” he said. “If you see something suspicious, call the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”

The robbery has the victim and his wife considering leaving South Florida. “My wife and I decided we’re probably gonna be leaving South Florida, maybe. We haven’t fully decided, but she’s more decided than I am,” he said.

If you have any information on this armed robber, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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