Cellphone video captures standoff between police, alleged armed robber in Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A cellphone camera captured a standoff between police officers and an alleged armed robber in Miami Beach.

A standoff between police and Pedro Madrazo-Rojo, the alleged armed robber, happened in the area of Michigan Avenue and Sixth Street at around 9:30 a.m., Thursday.

The encounter between police and Madrazo-Rojo took place not far from a Publix Supermarket he is accused of robbing.

“Drop the knife!” officers could be heard yelling in the cellphone video.

Miami Beach Police Sgt. Alex Torres, who has been on the force for over 15 years, was the first to spot the accused robber in an alley.

“I determined it was him because he was holding a large knife in his hand. [It was] about this long,” Torres said while showing 7News cameras. “It’s not our first rodeo.”

According to police, Madrazo-Rojo allegedly stole $50 in groceries from the Publix and threatened the store’s managers with a knife once confronted.

Torres said upon seeing officers with their guns drawn and giving commands, the man “starts pounding his chest with the weapon and tells me that he’s not going jail, that he’d rather die.”

That’s when, Torres said, his crisis intervention training kicked in.

“Listen, we want to take you to the hospital, get you help,” Torres said he told the man.

The blade was eventually dropped, an officer kicked it away and Madrazo-Rojo was taken into custody without any injuries.

Jared Ruschmann, a photographer, heard the commotion from inside his home and began recording the standoff.

“I kinda kept a low profile,” he said. “Just being a photographer, I kept filming.”

Ruschmann watched as Madrazo-Rojo surrendered and was taken into custody.

Police said he kicked an officer at Miami Beach Police headquarters once he was brought into custody.

Madrazo-Rojo was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

He faces charges of armed robbery and battery on a police officer.

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