MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have arrested a father and son in connection to a Miami Beach home invasion. However, one person remains at large.
Surveillance video captured the attack, which took place on Oct. 24 at a home near Pennsylvania Avenue and Ninth Street.
Video showed the victim going into his home with a man, identified by police as 19-year-old Edward Perez. Police said Perez told the victim he had to go outside for a moment, and as he exited, two men could be seen rushing past him and entering the apartment and attacking the victim.
Police identified one of the assailants as 43-year-old Eduardo Perez, the father of Perez.
“These are a very dangerous set of criminals,” Miami Beach Police spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez said.
The two assailants attacked the victim, and at one point, pistol-whipped and tried to strangle him with a leather belt.
“We believe this was a coordinated attack,” Rodriguez said. “The initial subject who went in with the victim, this was all planned. His motive from the very beginning were to open the door and allow the other two subjects to come in and commit this very violent armed home invasion.”
The attackers later got away with a safe containing $2,000 and some prescription medication.
Both suspects appeared before a judge in court on Friday.
“He’s being charged with home invasion with a firearm,” the judge said.
“They found the victim’s safe inside the defendant’s bedroom,” a prosecutor said.
Their bond was denied.
“He’s the one that threatened me,” Edward said in court.
Officials are now looking for the accomplice.
“Thankfully, we have two of these subjects already in custody; this father-son team,” Rodriguez said, “and now we’re looking for that third subject, and we’re relying on the community’s help.”
Police said the man they’re looking for stands about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He’s believed to be between 40 and 50 years old.
If you have any information on the third suspect, 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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