MIAMI (WSVN) - Police have released extremely clear surveillance video of a young man believed to have beat and robbed a woman at gunpoint in Midtown.
City of Miami Police released footage of a young man prior to the crime as well as afterwards, as he was caught in the act as discarding the weapon.
According to detectives, 20-year-old Erika Jamison was confronted by a group, including the armed assailant, on Monday evening, at around 6:30 p.m., as she took a walk to get a hair cut.
“In broad daylight, you think you’re supposed to be safe,” she said. “The detectives told me I wasn’t in a bad neighborhood, and it’s terrible because, if those guys are still out on the street, that whole neighborhood is at risk, and I’m in the hospital suffering right now.”
The gunman pointed his weapon and threatened her in the area of 34th Street and North Miami Avenue. After she said she didn’t have any money, he pistol-whipped her, shot her once in the leg, snatched her iPhone and ran off.
“I got four feet before I felt my leg snap, and I fell to the ground screaming, hollering in pain,” said Jamison, from her hospital bed, a day after the robbery. “I was just hoping I was living. I prayed to God, begged the ambulance people, ‘Don’t let me go.'”
After the assailant ran off, surveillance shows him, tossing his gun in a dumpster. Police have since recovered that weapon.
Surveillance later shows him walking down a hallway and taking down his hoodie. Surveillance video also caught the group of teens walking together.
According to police, he appears to be a white Hispanic male, clean-shaven, with a slim build. They think he is somewhere between 16 and 19 years old, stands 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, has short black hair and was last seen wearing a black-hooded shirt, blue jeans and red sneakers. Police are looking for any of the teens seen in the surveillance video.
Jamison had just temporarily moved to South Florida. “I’m not from Miami, and I was planning on permanently moving down here,” she said. “It’s very traumatizing, especially [because], if they wanted to, they could have shot me in my head.”
If you know who this individual is, 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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