EL PORTAL, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for two men who, they said, robbed a woman at gunpoint in a Miami Shores neighborhood.
Officers from four different police departments, along with SWAT and K-9 units set up a perimeter in Miami Shores and El Portal, Wednesday night.
Just before 6 p.m., Wednesday, Miami Police received a 911 call from a witness to the robbery.
According to the witness, the robbers approached a woman walking on Northwest Seventh Avenue and 71st Street, and one pulled out a gun. The crooks took her purse, police said, before fleeing in an SUV.
“One of them, who pointed a gun at her, the other one threw her down onto the ground and demanded her purse,” said Miami Police officer Kenia Fallat.
An officer tracked the SUV north to the area of Northwest Second Court and 93th Street in Miami Shores. However, by the time police arrived, the suspects had already bailed out of the vehicle.
Two young women were found inside the SUV, police said. “They have been detained for questioning, and it’s something we’re trying to gather right now,” said Fallat. “We’re trying to get information as to who these women are, and what their relationship is to the two men that bailed from officers.”
Miami, Miami-Dade, Miami Shores and El Portal Police blocked off several streets in El Portal in hopes of netting the two suspects before someone else got hurt.
With two armed men at large, residents are on edge. “Makes me feel terrified because I never heard of anything happening like that, here,” said Rafael Deagen, who lives in the area. “Hopefully, they can find those two guys, and everything can be solved.”
Police said the victim suffered only minor injuries but was left very shaken up.
If you have any information on this 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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