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2 men arrested in attempted robbery of Regions Bank branch in Miami

Franklin Cuevas, 32, accused of firing gun 3 times into air

Franklin Cuevas
Franklin Cuevas

MIAMI – Two men have been arrested in connection with an attempted robbery at a Regions Bank branch last week in Miami, police said.

Franklin Yamill Cuevas, 32, faces charges of armed robbery and discharging a firearm in public and Kevin Alberto Reyes, 25, faces a charge of being an accessory to a crime after the fact.

The robbery was reported at 5:50 p.m. Friday at the Regions Bank at 2800 NW Seventh St., just minutes before the bank was closing.

According to an arrest report, Reyes walked over to an ATM while Cuevas opened the door to the bank and looked inside to check that it was still open.

Police said Cuevas pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and fired into the air three times while standing outside the door to the bank, shouting, "This is a robbery, (expletive)!"

Police said the employees and customers inside the bank hid and one employee was able to lock the door before he hid.

According to the report, Cuevas and Reyes got back into their car, a red Acura, and drove away.

Police said Reyes contacted police on Saturday after he had seen his face on the news. Police said Reyes confessed to being the driver of the Acura and said he had been out drinking with his passenger.

Detectives said Reyes said he didn't know that his passenger had a gun on him, but admitted that he drove off with him after the shots were fired and didn't immediately call police.

One of the victims at the bank identified Cuevas as the gunman in a photo lineup. Police said Cuevas turned himself in on Tuesday.


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