MIAMI (CBSMiami) – And then there were none. Miami-Dade police were able to round up all five people suspected of taking part in a robbery at a popular shopping center.
One of those victims was 94. Her daughter-in-law spoke exclusively with CBS4’s Peter D’Oench about the violent crime.
Her daughter-in-law told D’Oench that she is shaken and scraped up. It was the last thing she expected when she went shopping.
“They mugged her. They grabbed her purse and ripped it off her shoulder and she fell to the ground and they took off,” the daughter-in-law said. “She was walking into the store and a car pulled up and a kid jumped out and they grabbed her purse and they jumped back in and took off. It was a car full of kids.”
She never thought this would happen.
“I think she thought she could come down to the mall by herself. She drove here thinking this would be a nice outing and it wasn’t,” the daughter-in-law added.
Police said she was victimized after another woman had her purse snatched at the Sears store in the Southland Mall at 2050 S Dixie Highway.
The suspects fled in a stolen, blue Hyundai Sonata which an officer spotted.
It crashed into a police unit and into Miami MacArthur South Senior High School and five suspects fled.
“All I saw was a crash after passing by and the police chased it,” said witness Marc Jean Louis.
Ninth grader Dajahmi Warren saw the suspects running.
“When this happened, I saw a boy running and the other boys were running straight down,” Warren said. “They were telling all of us to run to the cafeteria.”
The cafeteria is where she spent most of her day as the school was locked down.
“I was concerned because I wanted to know what happened,” another student said.
All five suspects, who ranged from 12 to 27 years old, were detained for questioning.
“I want to thank the officers who saw the vehicle and approached the subjects and detained them for questioning,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Dan Ferrin. “There could be other robberies they committed. So, if anyone things they might have seen them, they should call the authorities.”
No one at the school was hurt.
But for the 94-year-old, it was a different story.
“She’s got one tooth loose and there is a problem with the teeth. She has a split lip. Her hand is all bruised up and so are her arms where they took the purse off. She is going to hurt from this,” the daughter-in-law said. “This was not a nice thing to do. This was horrible. I hope these kids get what they deserve. It is in the cops’ hands.”
She told D’Oench that she did not want to give her name or her mother-in-law’s name.
Charges are pending.
Miami-Dade police said three of the suspects are juveniles, ranging from 12 to 14 years old.
It’s not known if they are just friends or if any are related to each other.