NORTH MIAMI BEACH(CBSMiami)—There’s a new development in the shooting and robbery last Friday in Northwest Miami-Dade of a 72-year-old Brinks armored truck guard.
The F.B.I. released a photograph showing a black courier bag that is similar to the one that the robber took from the guard after shooting him.
“If anybody sees a bag similar to this, report it to us,” said Michael Leverock, a special agent with the F.B.I. “This is one of the clues that we are looking for at this point. We need the public’s help.”
Leverock told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “If anybody has seen anything they recall from that day, if they heard somebody bragging about it or the robbery, we need to hear from them.”
The veteran F.B.I. special agent had unusually strong words.
“Listen, if anybody in broad daylight goes up and robs someone regardless of the age of the courier in broad daylight and shoots them, this is a person who needs to be off the street. Right now we are looking for a person who shot a hard working courier.”
The robbery occurred at 2905 NW 27th Avenue.
Authorities said between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., a Brinks crew comprised of two people were leaving with money from a Check Cashing USA store.
One of the guards from the armored truck came out with a bag and a young Hispanic man walked up pushed and shot the guard, Andres Perez of Hialeah in the leg then took the bag of money.
Perez was treated at the hospital and released.
The robber ran away and has not been found.
The other guard was unharmed.
Nearby grocery store owner, Jose Calleja heard the shot and came running outside.
He told CBS4’s Natalia Zea in Spanish, “I saw the guard against the wall, I ran over and asked what happened? ‘He said, ‘He shot me.’”
Calleja said the attack makes him nervous, especially because the attack was so close to the store.
He told Zea, Perez delivers money to the check cashing store twice a week and is a very good guy who didn’t deserve an attack like this.
The FBI said inside the bag of money was a tracking device. After moving for a short time the device only tracked in one particular area. It’s not known whether the robber discovered the device or whether it malfunctioned.
The robber is described as a male with a dark complexion, between the ages of 18 and 20. He’s between 5-6 and 5-8, 130 to 140 pounds, has a full close shaven beard, and was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. If you recognize him call the FBI at 305-944-9101.
The FBI is offering a five thousand dollar reward and Brinks is putting up an additional $20,000 dollar reward if there is an arrest by August 25th.
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