On October 26, a 51-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were driving in Miami when they saw someone with a flat tire on the side of the road.
When they pulled up to the man, it was discovered that he and the woman in the vehicle were previously acquainted.
The man on the side of the road was offered a ride, and he said he would give the driver some money for the assistance.
While they were in the vehicle, the ride passenger and the woman had a disagreement. When they drove past his residence, the man said they did not stop the car.
According to reports, the man jumped out of the moving vehicle, but not before his wallet, cell phone, and gold chain were taken from him. The people in the van allegedly made him pay $40 before giving his phone back.
On October 29, a 49-year-old from Canada was a passenger in a vehicle driven by the 51-year-old from the previous incident. They were in Little Havana when they saw a man walking down the road.
It was reported that the driver pulled over, and the passenger approached the walking man with a firearm. He was forced into the vehicle and had his personal belongings taken.
The alleged robber told the man to give him his ATM card pin number, and the alleged victim was hit with the gun when he did not comply. He was reportedly kept in the vehicle against his will while the robbers went to several locations and used his debit card.
On October 28, the authorities reviewed surveillance video from a local convenience store that reported they were robbed.
The trio from the prior incidents were seen in the video and suspected to be the perpetrators, and the vehicle’s license plate matched the one from the previous alleged altercations.
The suspects had reportedly stolen cases of beer and a pack of toilet paper from the market.
All three suspects were placed under arrest and booked into the Miami-Dade County Pretrial Detention Center.
The 51-year-old man is facing many preliminary charges including kidnapping with a weapon, firearm, or aggravated battery, strong-armed robbery, falsely impersonating a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, and traffic violations. He is being held without bond.
The 49-year-old man is expected to face charges for suspicion of kidnapping with a weapon, firearm, or aggravated battery, armed robbery, and battery.
The 33-year-old woman was arrested on a charge of strong-arm robbery, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use.
If you or someone you love is suspected of a criminal offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.