SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for three masked robbers who brutally attacked a 76-year-old man and sexually assaulted his 60-year-old wife inside their Kendall home.
Detectives said three men ambushed the man in his driveway and forced their way into his home. They carried out a beating, a home invasion and a sexual assault before they fled with the victim’s vehicle.
The incident happened in the Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood north of The Falls Shopping Center and south of Baptist Hospital, around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“It’s kind of scary. It’s so close to home,” said neighbor Yvette Sedano. “Yeah, kind of scary.”
The homeowner said the trio jumped out of the bushes and attacked him after he drove his car into the garage.
According to investigators, the three subjects then tied up the 76-year-old man and his 60-year-old wife.
“They tied both of them up, took them to the bedroom. They kept demanding for money. They kept asking for money,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. “They repeatedly answered to them that we had no money.”
The homeowner said that the robbers threatened them for over 30 minutes.
“One of them grabbed a pair of scissors and put it on the female’s hand and threatened to cut her fingers if they don’t give them the money,” Zabaleta said. “They kept repeating, ‘We have no money.'”
Officials said the female victim was also sexually assaulted.
The homeowner said the men agreed to leave after he offered them the keys to his Lexus sedan.
The trio fled the scene in the car and took other personal items like jewelry and a handgun.
A neighbor who did not want to be identified said she’s rocked by the details of the crime.
“We heard this morning what happened, which is really, really shocking,” she said.
Police said all three men had their faces covered with Halloween masks and are somewhere between 20 to 30 years old.
Now that officials have found the Lexus in the area of Southwest 82nd Avenue and 20th Street, they’re hoping they can find clues inside.
“These are individuals that we consider obviously very, very dangerous,” Zabaleta said. “We’re urging the community to see if we can come together and help us find these individuals and place them behind bars.”
If you have any information on this attack, 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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