Police searching for serial robber in Miami

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are searching for a man they believe is behind several robberies in Miami.

According to a police report, the Miami-Dade Police Department the subject they are looking for has struck at six businesses. In at least two robberies, investigators believe, he was armed.

The man, police said, is believed to be in his 20s, weighs about 200 pounds and stands 6 feet tall.

On April 26, at 4:30 a.m., the unidentified robber allegedly entered the RaceWay gas station, located at the 198th block of Northwest 57th Avenue, with a concealed firearm. The man held two employees at gunpoint, demanding cigarettes and money. Police said both employees complied before the man fled the scene.

“I don’t know what made him do this and so many others,” said Faisal Rasul, the owner of RaceWay gas station.

According to police, a Hialeah 7-Eleven employee was finishing a transaction with the robber when, after opening the cash register to receive payment, the subject pulled a gun. The man demanded money from him, and he also complied.

The robber fled the convenience store shortly afterwards.

Police have since identified a pattern. The robber will wear a dark hoodie, shades and a black hat, grab a drink and pose as a paying customer before pulling out his gun when the cashier opens the register. “We are seeing a similarity because he not just waits for the register to open but, indeed, he also asks for the cash of all the registers, as well as Newport cigarettes.”

Police said the robberies all happen in the early morning hours. The first robbery took place on April 18, at a CVS Pharmacy, then on the 26th, the subject targeted a Stop & Shop in Miami and the RaceWay gas station.

May 2, the subject then targeted three stores: two in Miami, and one in Miami-Dade.

“When you look at somebody that’s crossing jurisdictions like this — he’s traveling from the Miami Lakes area, not in the City of Miami Lakes but in Northwest Miami-Dade, far west,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. “An hour later, he’s in the City of Miami, and he performs two robberies back to back.”

Police consider the man to be armed and dangerous.

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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