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HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – Police said they arrested a man connected to two armed robberies in Hialeah over the weekend.
Surveillance video captured the first robbery at a convenience store located at 17 West 17th Street.
Hialeah Police said 36-year-old Giorgi Guillama entered the store at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday and robbed it at gunpoint.
The clerk on duty, Mazedul Hoque, said he was helping his uncle in the store and never expected what happened
“It was scary. I was shaking. At first I thought he was joking, but then I saw the gun pointed at me,” Hoque said.
Hoque said he feared for his life and thought about his wife and 3-year-old child.
Police said a little less than 30 minutes later, Guillama robbed another convenience store – located at 5 East 44th Street – at gunpoint.
The clerk there was with her 7-year-old grandchild.
She said she was terrified and handed over $1000 from the register in a plastic bag.
Authorities said Guillama would enter the businesses and wait until all customers left and the clerk was alone and that’s when he would pull out the gun
Guillama appeared in court Monday afternoon and a judge ordered him held with no bond on the armed robbery charges.
He’s also charged with child abuse for terrorizing the clerk’s granddaughter in the second holdup.
Late Monday Hialeah Police said they determined that the weapon used was a pellet gun that shoots plastic pellets.
Police said they tracked the suspect from fingerprints left behind. They are looking into whether Guillama may be behind other robberies in the area.
If you have any information, you are urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477.