Burglar grabs woman by throat, asks 'where the weed is,' police say

Lazaro Guzman Bango, 24, arrested Wednesday on multiple charges


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A man from Hialeah was arrested Wednesday in connection with a home invasion in Miami, authorities said.

The burglary was reported April 2 at a home on South Tamiami Canal Drive.

According to an arrest report, the victim and her sister's child were sleeping in a room when the victim heard knocking followed by the sound of breaking glass.

Police said the woman walked to the living room and came face to face with Lazaro Guzman Bango, 24.

She said Guzman Bango, who was wearing gym gloves, grabbed her by the throat and told her in Spanish, "Don't look at me."

He then pushed her inside a bathroom and locked her in, police said.

The victim told detectives that she pleaded with Guzman Bango not to "touch the baby," and he said, "I'm not going to touch the baby. Just tell me where the weed is."

Police said he ransacked the home, stealing property from the victim and her sister.

He then told the woman he was leaving and not to call anybody, police said.

The woman told detectives that she exited the bathroom and found that the sliding-glass door was smashed and the doorknob was removed.

She said she spoke with her sister when she arrived at the home, and her sister said the burglar's description was similar to that of a man who was a former friend of her boyfriend.

Police said the victim was shown a Facebook picture of Guzman Bango by her sister, and she identified him as the person who broke into their home.

Police said she also identified Guzman Bango in a photo lineup.

According to the report, Guzman Bango was found by police Wednesday while trying to get into his car. Police said he was carrying a bag that contained a Glock handgun.

He was arrested on charges of armed home invasion, false imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon.


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