CUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) - The FBI is asking the public to come forward with information in their investigation of a Cutler Bay home invasion that left a father dead.
Newly released surveillance video shows the moments leading up to the tragic incident that unfolded at a home in the area of Southwest 222nd Street and 99th Avenue on Nov. 5.
At approximately 11:12 p.m., a black Dodge Ram van could be seen parked in the driveway outside 31-year-old Daniel Macko’s home.
He was home with his wife and an acquaintance at the time. FBI officials said his wife left the house to run an errand.
Cameras captured the moment she returned home and was ambushed by several subjects who emerged from the van.
Officials said after Macko was alerted by the commotion outside, he opened the front door, and that is when the subjects could be seen attacking him and forcing their way inside the home.
Federal authorities said the subjects ransacked the house looking for something. During the home invasion, Macko was shot several times.
“Three gunshots, that’s all I heard,” neighbor Ana Lorenzo said. “I was in the bedroom, and I heard, ‘Boom, boom, boom.'”
According to the FBI, one of the intruders announced “I found it” as they fled the home carrying suitcases and tubs before getting into the Dodge Ram. What was taken from the home remains unknown.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue pronounced Macko dead at the scene.
“Nothing is going to bring him back, but at least some kind of closure for the children and for us as family members, a little bit more of an understanding from this madness and help us through the grieving process as well,” Macko’s cousin Vickash Ramjit said. “We really don’t have any direction of what motivated this all to happen.”
His wife and the acquaintance were not injured during the incident.
Luis Molina, another neighbor, told 7News in November that his Dodge Ram, the van used in the invasion, was stolen the same night. The theft was also caught on camera.
Investigators and Macko’s family hopes that something in the video will help police catch the killers.
“This is a man who really cared and lived for his three children,” Ramjit said. “He loved them dearly, and with that being said, the public, if there’s anything they can do to bring some sort of closure or justice for them and the rest of the family, it would really do a lot for us.”
The Miami-Dade Police Department and the FBI continue to investigate.
If you have any information on this fatal home invasion, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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