SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for two armed men who, they said, forced their way into a Southwest Miami-Dade home while a 14-year-old boy was home alone.
Video recorded on home security cameras captured the terrifying moments the teen opened the door and one of the subjects made his way inside the residence, near Southwest 172nd Street and 105th Avenue, Aug. 4, at around 8:30 p.m.
The teen is seen slowly backing away from the subject, who was wearing a hoodie, then running toward the kitchen for safety with the robber right behind him.
Neighbor Shaquel Rose was shocked after learning about the brazen robbery just feet from her home. “Literally right next door. That’s scary!” she said. “I have a daughter.”
Officials said the perpetrator forced the boy to lay on the floor and wrap his head with his own shirt. He was not hurt.
“It’s terrifying to imagine what he would have gone through, and it’s sad that they would even do that,” said Rose.
Moments later, the robber went back outside, then walked back into the living room, this time with the second subject, also seen wearing a hoodie, not far behind him. The latter perpetrator appeared to be carrying a knife as he came through the front door.
“That is disgusting. I’m actually speechless,” said Rose.
The duo roamed around the house and took several electronics, including a large flat-screen TV.
“That could have easily been our house. That could have been my house with me and my children or my little cousins,” said Rose.
News of the robbery did not sit well with neighbors like Melissa White and her husband. “What’s going through my head? I hope y’all catch them and beat the hell out of ’em,” she said.
The Whites said this is a quiet neighborhood, and they would have never expected anything like this. While the search for these criminals continues, they’re thinking twice about their own safety.
“Don’t open the door for nobody,” said White. “If you’re home alone, be careful, because you never what’s going on out here nowadays.”
If you have any information on this home invasion, 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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