Miami Police Looking For Family Dollar Robbers

MIAMI (CBS4) –  Masked gunmen struck a Family Dollar store in Miami for the third time in the past 16 months. And this time, it was a terrifying ordeal for some children inside the store, including a 6-year-old girl who hid from the gunmen.

Surveillance tape from the store on 36th St. at N.W. 10th Ave. shows the gunmen entering the store and waving their guns at store employees and witnesses. The tape shows at least one child running in fear down an aisle to hide from the gunmen.

One store customer who was there with her 6-year-old niece spoke to CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, but did not want to show her face because she is afraid of the two young gunmen who are on the loose.

“I was scared,” she said. “I didn’t know where my niece was. I shouted out for her. I didn’t hear her. I yelled at the gunman don’t hurt her. Please don’t hurt her. She is only 6-years-old. He said he was not going to hurt her.”

No one was injured, but police are alarmed. Someone could have been seriously injured or even killed authorities said.

“That’s our concern. The children who were in the store,” Det. Keandra Simmons said. “They could have been hurt. We need to find these guys and take them into custody.”

The aunt said her daughter is alright, but she has been having nightmares since the incident happened at 8:30 p.m. on April 7th.

Alcina Aochange will never forget the faces of the gunmen, even though they were wearing masks. One man is seen very clearly without his mask on the surveillance tape.

“He pointed a gun at me,” said Aochange, who runs a fruit stand just outside the store. “He pointed it right at me. But I have the support of Jesus, and Jesus in me, so I was not scared.”

Police have a limited description of the suspects. One man was wearing a black cap with a grim reaper logo on it.

It’s not known if the criminals had any connection to the previous two robberies at the same store last year. There was an arrest in one of those cases.

Detectives told CBS4 they would be in contact with North Miami Police because of a rash of robberies in the past few years at one Dollar Store in particular.

If you have any information about the Family Dollar robbery, police ask you call the Miami Police Department’s Robbery Unit at 305-603-6370 or Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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  • Felix

    Yes please call as Miami Police need the public’s help in solving crimes as their Officer’s are too busy rounding up amusement machines in the City of Miami to actually be doing any real police work. What a joke they are!

    • Sam

      this is soo true! How sad that they are more concerned in giving parking tickets than catching criminals.

      • Fed Up with Idiots

        Sam, there is always parking where you wanna be, except you are to darn lazy to walk. You can’t always park in front of your venue. Walk a little, it’ll do wonders for your cholesterol. But quit parking in the handicapped spaces and the fire lanes. In other words, don’t park anywhere you see blue or yellow on the pavement. D-u-h!!!

    • Fed Up with Idiots

      They are a joke now that you don’t need them. But the minute you are in danger you dial 911 and you want MPD to come and save your behind? After your comments, maybe they wont…




    DO YOUR JOBS, and ALLOW OTHERS do theirs

    • Felix

      That’s precisely my point. What they are doing is a meaningless joke. You sound exactly as if you are a City of Miami Police employee. Only you would defend the B.S. job they are doing.

      • Fed Up with Idiots

        You won’t know for sure their job is BS unless you actually do it, so do the prudent thing and shut the heck up

    • rausky

      I’m not doing my job today because its Passover. You’re the one that needs tio get to work and stop mooching off of the system!

  • Felix

    You should have seen the four City of Miami Police Officers at Bayside Sunday night at 8:30 pm checking out the ladies. This was not their detail and they were on duty. I realized this when they actually got a call and sprinted out to their police cars parked next to my car to respond to the call. All four were young officers. The waste of time and taxpayer dollars is UNBELIEVABLE. But God forbid you say anything to them or then you are really in for it. Heck, you may even get shot.

    • Florida USA

      Felix, young cops checking out chicks? Tells you they’re not gay :)

  • Pedro Lara

    How many of them where there. 2 gunmen. And catching them by surprise would be ideal. When you can reach for something and throw it at them. I know that people are scared but guess what so are the robbers. Even if they had done it a hundred times they are always going to be scared. Element of surprise. How do you think we won wars.

  • gladiatorgal

    It’s incredible how many negative comments are on here. First, the amusement machines were placed illegally, I believe Thomas Regalado had his hands in it. You can research it. Second, Cops are people too and they are entitled to their food break like anyone else who works. Third, if you got a parking ticket, you earned it. Fourth, you are betraying cops that are on duty if you know what a detail is. One of them must be a friend or you’re just envious. Fifth, any man whether working or not will look at pretty ladies. Its only natural and God gave you eyes for a reason. La Carreta belongs to Flagami area not Allapatah. REMEMBER NOT ALL COPS ARE BAD, BUT THE ONES THAT ARE, KARMA WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM. PLUS I DONT WORK WITH POLICE DEPARTMENT AND IM NOT A CITY EMPLOYEE. IM A REALIST AND IM NOT BIAS, IM JUST AN AVERAGE CITIZEN NOT HATING NO ONE OR THEIR JOBS. IF YOU NEED A JOB GO TO SCHOOL AND GET ONE.

  • IJVsr

    The officers at 8th Street and SW 36 Avenue were miles away from where the armed robbers perpetrated this violent crime. Even if they had responded on an emergency mode, it would have been for naught. This is the Allapattah area, which seems to lack an effective police presence. The concerned city commissioner should ask why.

    • Fed Up with Idiots

      IJVsr, forgive them for they do not know how to measure distance, among other things. Yes, some people’s heads are good only as hat racks.

  • irish kevin

    “He pointed it right at me. But I have the support of Jesus, and Jesus in me, so I was not scared.”

    Jesus wouldn’t have been much help. He was cutting my lawn when this happened.

  • Florida USA

    Carlos Cruz, the cops are not at fault for surrounding La Carreta, it’s La Carreta’s fault for making such yummy food and making us obese to the point we no longer have the shape of a humanoid even. I say shame on La Carreta for being the best restaurant in Miami.

  • Bleeding Heart Police cynic

    Miami pd (ie Expos thugs ) will only catch the robbers if they’re unarmed. Theyre too scared to face armed suspects!

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