MIAMI (WSVN) - Police have released video showing a teenager being kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight by two young men in a residential Miami neighborhood.
According to City of Miami Police, the armed robbery and kidnapping took place on Dec. 12, near Northwest 13th Place and 38th Street, at around 3 p.m. Detectives said the 16-year-old victim was walking home from school when he was confronted by the subjects.
“It’s devastating to see something like this,” said Miami Police Officer Michael Vega.
Investigators said one subject brandished a handgun, wrapped his arm around the victim’s neck and shoulder and demanded that the victim empty his pockets.
At the same time, the second subject took the victim’s backpack and began searching it, stealing his cellphone and demanding the iPhone’s iCloud password.
“The victim complied with the suspects’ demands, gave them his book bag and gave him his cellphone,” said Vega.
The subjects then forced the victim to walk toward Northwest 14th Avenue and 37th Street. “They took them by the neck about a block away, where they told him to face east, and at that time, they left the scene,” said Vega.
The subjects remain at large.
Police described the first suspect as a light-skinned 17- to 19-year-old male that stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall to 5 feet 11 inches tall. He also has gold-plated canine teeth, is clean-shaven and was last seen wearing a blue hoodie jacket with light colored jogging pants.
The second subject was also described as a light-skinned male between the ages of 17 and 19. Police said he stands at about 6 feet 1 inch to 6 feet 3 inches tall, is clean-shaven with a faded haircut and was last seen wearing black jeans and a gray hoodie.
“They were wearing a hoodie, so you can’t see their faces, but somebody’s got to see the clothing and say, ‘I know who these people are,'” said Vega.
If you have any information on this incident, 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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