MIAMI (WSVN) - Surveillance footage from a Southwest Miami-Dade market captured the moment when a man attempted to rob an armored truck, Wednesday afternoon.
Miami Police responded to the incident in front of El Brilliante Supermarket on Southwest 17th Avenue and 12th Street, where an armored Dunbar truck guard was shoved to the ground by a man wanting to rob the truck.
Surveillance cameras captured the guard as he was attacked by a man wearing a bright orange shirt. Once the guard was pushed to the ground by this man, the guard fired four shots at the fleeing suspect.
Police later confirmed that the guard indeed did fire four shots at the fleeing suspect. However, he did not hit the suspect.
The suspect attacked the guard as he pushed a cart into the supermarket.
“Grabbed the actual wheel cart that he had. We’re not sure if he actually had any money in the wheel cart,” said Miami Police Lt. Freddie Cruz.
Witnesses said they hear multiple loud sounds.
“Just two very loud booms,” said neighbor Ingrid Sanchez. “I did not know it was a gun.”
Katia Barajona was doing laundry next door to the supermarket when she heard the gun shots.
“They sounded like fireworks but like stronger,” said Barajona. “I was afraid.”
Soon after, Miami Police officers swarmed the area and set up a perimeter in search of the suspect. Police later detained a person of interest at another location, but he was released after questioning.
The man who was questioned told 7News that police were looking for a small black car and thought he might be the suspect.
Police said the suspect remains at large.
“He is a white, Latin male, possibly mulatto, wearing a distinct orange long-sleeve shirt and blue pants,” Cruz said. “It’s a great video. We need the community to come together, so we can put this man behind bars. I am happy that there were no injuries during this attempted robbery, but at any given moment, this could have changed.”
Sanchez said she has never seen something like this in the area.
“Just confused. Cops have shown up here before but never something of this magnitude,” she said.
Police said that the FBI has taken over the investigation, but if you have any information on this attempted robbery, you can still 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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