Details released of 3 similar Miami armed robberies

MIAMI (WSVN) - City of Miami Police have released new surveillance video on Thursday of two robberies in Downtown Miami that may be linked to the shooting of three cousins, earlier this month.

Police are trying to get the duo off the streets. They said both people are dangerous and have been targeting innocent people who are walking within the Brickell area.

According to detectives, in the most recent armed robbery, on Oct. 12, at around 10:30 p.m., a woman could be seen shooting a gun. That woman shot at three cousins, and she injured one.

Cellphone video showed the aftermath near Roberto Clemente Park, and now police are investigating to see if that gun-wielding woman is connected to two other robberies.

“That’s just very tragic, very blatant and it’s very shocking to see this female, the way that she acted so deliberately,” said Miami Police Officer Yelitza V. Cedano.

7News spoke to one of the victims from that armed robbery. He said the duo fired warning shots in the air even after he gave up his valuables. “OK, go everything. One shot for her, for the friend, shot three,” he said pointing to his back. “Three shots, one two three.”

Police are now looking into areas that get a lot of foot traffic in Brickell, especially near a transportation hub in the area of Southwest First Avenue and 12th Street where the Metrorail and the Metromover connect. Two of the attacks occurred near the area.

It’s people who use public transportation that have been targeted. “It is really scary,” said nearby resident Jennifer Perez. “It is really nerve-racking. We live around here. We walk around here all the time.”

On Oct. 5, at approximately 12:15 a.m., police said three friends were walking home in the area when someone not only demanded their belongings but also shot at one of them.

“There was something that happened a couple weeks ago,” said Luvella Ivanhoff, a resident of the area. “A shooting at the train station. Since then I’ve been on guard. For the most part, I do try not to leave the house after 11 p.m.”

One week earlier, police said, another man was robbed at gunpoint. This time, detectives said, a man with a gun threatened the victim while a woman tugged on the victim’s bag.

The descriptions for the suspects have been very similar. “It is a dynamic duo, I would say,” Cedano said, “and they are working together to commit these crimes.”

Surveillance video from a nearby gas station shows one of the suspects wearing a hat, and detectives said, he used one of the victim’s stolen ATM cards. “We don’t want anything to escalate, and obviously, we don’t want anyone being killed by this duo,” Cedano said.

Police said it is possible the woman involved may even be on drugs during these robberies.

If you have any information on these robberies, 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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