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Officer shoots man trying to rob Hialeah Farm Store, police say

Police were watching Farm Stores after spate of robberies, officials say

Yaico Valdes-Guzman
Yaico Valdes-Guzman

HIALEAH, Fla. – A man trying to rob a Farm Store late Friday in Hialeah was shot by police and later arrested, authorities said.

Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Hialeah Police Department, said Yaico Valdes-Guzman, 39,  and Yohana Acosta, 39, had been targeting Farm Stores in the Hialeah area for the past several weeks.

Armed with a knife, Valdes-Guzman robbed a Farm Store Dec. 16 in the 4200 block of East Fourth Avenue, making off with about $100, Rodriguez said. On Dec. 28, Valdes-Guzman attempted to rob another Farm Store in the 7100 of West 12th Avenue using a knife, but he left empty-handed after victims began screaming for help, Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez said officers believe that Acosta acted as Valdes-Guzman's lookout and getaway driver.

After the two robberies, police set up surveillance at every Farm Store location in Hialeah, Rodriguez said.

So about 10:30 p.m. Friday, when Valdes-Guzman made his way into the Farm Store in the 600 block of West 29th Street, Rodriguez said, officers were waiting for him.

Rodriguez said Valdes-Guzman was armed and covered his face to conceal his identity. After a confrontation, a officer shot Valdes-Guzman, causing him to collapse outside the store, Rodriquez said.

Rodriquez did not identify the officer who shot Valdes-Guzman.

Rodriquez did not say how Valdes-Guzman was wounded or whether he was treated for his injuries. Police did not disclose what kind of weapon Valdes-Guzman was carrying when he was shot.

Yohana Acosta
Yohana Acosta

Rodriquez said Acosta was arrested, but Rodriquez did not say whether Acosta was present at the Farm Store Friday.

Valdes-Guzman faces multiple charges, including armed robbery and burglary. He is currently being held in Miami-Dade County's Pre-Trial Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

Acosta faces multiple charges, including armed robbery and resisting arrest. She is currently being held in Miami-Dade County's Metro West Detention Center on more than $20,000 bond.