MIAMI (CBSMiami) – According to neighbors, the Miami neighborhood around SW 25th Avenue and 21st Avenue isn’t used to criminal activity and a heavy police response, except at a small corner home, where police lights are becoming common.
A man in his 80s lives there, and was robbed during an armed home invasion early Wednesday morning.
“They tied the elderly gentlemen up. They pointed a gun at him and demanded money and belongings. They ransacked his home and they were able to take over 5000 in cash while he was tied up,” said Sgt. Freddie Cruz, of the Miami Police Department.
The robbers, described as two Spanish speaking men wearing ski masks, were polite enough to untie him as they left the home, with the victim’s hard earned money.
Neighbors say he owns nearby laundromats and a dollar store, and they say this is the third time he’s been robbed at home.
Though the victim was not physically harmed, a neighbor who didn’t want to be identified worries for the victim’s safety.
He said in Spanish, “You know how they are. Thieves enter and if you hesitate they’ll kill you and that’s it,” he told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.
This neighbor believes the victim is targeted at his businesses because they deal in cash.
Police aren’t sure how the man was chosen for the terrifying break-in, but they’re concerned the pair might strike again.
“It does worry us. We don’t know if these individuals, if this is the first time they’ve committed this crime or if they were actually targeting somewhere else maybe targeting some elderly folks,” said Sgt. Cruz.