2 arrested in connection with armed home invasion in Hialeah
Detectives searching for at least 2 others
HIALEAH, Fla. – Two men were arrested Saturday in connection with an armed home invasion that was reported the previous morning in Hialeah.
According to an arrest report, the victims, a 38-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were awakened just before 2 a.m. Friday by a loud noise at the door to their efficiency in the 700 block of Southeast Sixth Place.
Police said Donald Flores, 19, forced the door open with a pry bar.
The victims told police that they woke up to find a masked man pointing a black revolver at them.
Police said the man bound both of the victims' arms with plastic zip ties and placed the bed covers over them in an attempt to obstruct their view.
Police said the man demanded money and jewelry and turned the lights on.
According to the arrest report, the male victim uncovered his head and was pistol-whipped by the masked man.
The victim said he immediately identified his "lifelong friend," Aliesky Diaz, 28, standing at the doorway of the bedroom.
The victim said Diaz went back to the living room area to avoid making eye contact with the victim.
Police said the masked man placed a call to an unknown number on speaker phone and the victim identified the voice on the other end as belonging to Maikel Diaz.
He said Diaz ordered the masked man to pistol-whip him and demand jewelry.
Police said the robber ransacked the efficiency and took $4,000 in cash, an undetermined amount of jewelry and two iPhones.
Police said the thieves fled the scene.
The victim told detectives that the gun used in the robbery belonged to Flores and said he had seen the gun before in Flores' presence.
Police said Flores was seen on surveillance video leaving the scene of the robbery and carrying a pry bar.
He and Aliesky Diaz were arrested the next day on charges of home invasion robbery, aggravated battery and false imprisonment with a deadly weapon.
Detectives said Aliesky Diaz denied his involvement in the robbery and Flores declined to give a statement.
Authorities are still searching for Maikel Diaz and the masked robber.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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