Owner of towing business shot during robbery in southwest Miami-Dade

Victim treated for gunshot wound at Kendall Regional Medical Center

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The owner of a southwest Miami-Dade County tow truck business was shot Monday morning during a robbery.

Silvio Alvarez, 55, was opening the gate to his business, S.A.O. Towing Services, Inc., when he was confronted by a gunman who was waiting inside, Miami-Dade police Detective Jennifer Capote said.

The gunman demanded money and a gold chain from Alvarez, and a struggle ensued, Capote said.

Alvarez was shot in the arm and then complied with the gunman, who fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money and the gold chain.


Alvarez was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center to be treated for his gunshot wound and later returned to the business, wearing his hospital gown. An ambulance arrived about an hour later to take him back to the hospital.

"I'm really angry. I'm really upset," employee Natalie Robinson said. "I don't know why they would shoot him. I don't understand what they would try to get out of a 55-year-old man."

Capote said the gunman was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and had a stocking covering his face.

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