Miami Beach man accused of robbing children in 3 separate incidents

Louis Bonilla Cardona, 19, ordered held without bond

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A 19-year-old man is accused of robbing juveniles over the course of several months in Miami Beach, authorities said.

The first armed robbery was reported Nov. 4 at the North Shore Open Space Park at 79th Street and Collins Avenue.

According to an arrest report, the victims were walking in the park when they were approached by Louis Bonilla Cardona, who asked them if they wanted to buy marijuana.

Police said the victims refused the offer and Cardona pulled out a handgun and demanded the victims' property.

The second robbery was reported Dec. 21 at 1300 Normandy Drive.

Police said the two victims were sitting at a bus stop when Cardona approached them, demanded their property and implied that he had a knife under his jacket pocket.

Cardona told the victims, "If you don't want trouble, give me all your stuff," according to the report.

Both victims gave up their belongings, which included a Chase Bank card and a Galaxy 7 cellphone.

Detectives said Cardona was captured on surveillance video using the stolen card at a Chevron gas station at 401 71st St.

The final robbery was reported Monday in a men's bathroom near a tennis court at North Shore Park.

Police said the victims were washing their hands when Cardona entered the restroom, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victims.

Police said one of the victims tried to run away, but Cardona grabbed his shirt and pulled him back inside, telling the victims, "Give me all your electronics, unlock your phones (and) take off the passwords."

 The victims complied and handed over their iPhone 7s.

Police said surveillance video at the park shows Cardona watching the victims before he followed them into the bathroom.

Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said Cardona is being held without bond and has an immigration hold.

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