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4 arrested in Hialeah robbery spree

Suspects accused of targeting elderly

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HIALEAH, Fla. – Four people were arrested Tuesday in connection with a robbery spree spanning two days in Hialeah.

Tasha Armstrong, 35, Amanda Ashley, 27, Loquacious Taylor, 32, and Innocent Harrison, 31, are accused of targeting elderly victims in three robberies.

Armstrong and Harrison face additional charges because they were armed during one of the robberies, police said.

The first robbery was reported at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Police said an elderly couple were robbed at gunpoint while getting out of their car in the 4800 block of East Eighth Avenue.

According to an arrest report, Armstrong pointed a gun at the couple and stole the woman's cellphone and purse. Police said Armstrong then handed the gun to Harrison, who pointed it at the man and began reaching into his pockets.

Police said the victim struggled with Harrison, who ran off.

According to the report, the victims chased Harrison and Armstrong, who got into a car with the other suspects.

Another robbery was reported at 11 a.m. Monday in the 1100 block of West 53rd Street. Police said an elderly woman was robbed of her purse, although the suspects did not pull out a gun in this instance. They are accused of using her credit card later in the day at a Chevron gas station.

Another elderly woman was robbed just 25 minutes later in the 100 block of East 18th Street. Police said she was robbed of her purse and suffered serious back injuries when she was thrown to the ground. No gun was pulled out in this robbery.

A police officer spotted a silver Chevrolet Impala Tuesday, which matched the description of the robbers' vehicle. The officer pulled the car over and took the four suspects into custody.

Police said Harrison confessed to his involvement in the robberies. They said Harrison and Taylor also gave statements implicating Armstrong's involvement in the robberies. 


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Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.