2 men critically injured in Overtown robberies

Police searching for robber who fled on bicycle

MIAMI – Two men are in critical condition after robberies that happened just blocks away from each other, police said.

The first robbery was reported in the 700 block of Northwest Fourth Avenue. Detectives said the victim was walking out of a convenience store when he got into a struggle with another man.

Police said the victim suffered head injuries that were so severe it's unclear whether he was shot in the head or pistol-whipped.

Another man was critically injured a couple of blocks away at an apartment building in the 500 block of Northwest Eighth Street.

Police said the second victim is in his 60s, and also suffered serious head injuries.

Detectives said they believe the victims were targeted because of their age and vulnerability.

"We do believe it is the same individual again, young black male 20 to 30 years of age that fled on a bicycle," Miami police spokesman Freddie Cruz said. "Now this happened at 2 p.m. (when) lots of members of the community were out and about doing some shopping, (and) kids were getting out of school. We do believe that somebody saw something. We just need them to make that phone call so we can help our detectives put this guy behind bars."

Witnesses said the robber got away on a bicycle. Both victims were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Miami police described the robber as a black man who is between 20 to 30 years old. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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