Leonel Mollineda arrested in Hialeah armed robbery spree

Man accused of attacking victims with knife, gun


HIALEAH, Fla. – A man has been arrested in connection with four armed robberies within a three-day period in Hialeah.

Police said Leonel Mollineda, 53, targeted women in commercial parking lots while they were near their vehicles.

Mollineda was arrested Tuesday afternoon, moments after his fourth attack, Hialeah police said.

Officers apprehended him after seeing a 2003 white Nissan Altima -- described by victims as the attacker's getaway vehicle -- near a shopping center in the area of East Fourth Avenue and 50th Street.

The initial three robberies involved women being threatened with a knife as the attacker demanded their money. In the fourth attempt, Mollineda pulled a gun, police said.

The robberies began Sunday morning at 5400 Palm Avenue. Another woman was attacked in the same parking lot the next day. The third attack happened Tuesday morning in a parking lot at 3800 Palm Avenue.