Police search for 'dangerous' armed robber targeting Miami Beach pedestrians

Pedestrians become targets of armed robber, getaway driver

By Liane Morejon - Reporter, Janine Stanwood - Anchor/Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Detectives shared video Thursday of a tall robber accused of targeting several pedestrians in Miami Beach last weekend. They believe him to be armed and dangerous. 

Surveillance video shows the armed robber yanking a woman's purse, throwing her to the ground and dragging her early Sunday. The woman told police officers the man punched her in the face.

The incident, which was caught on video, happened about 4:15 a.m. on Washington Avenue near 16th Street. It was one of three armed robberies involving the armed man and an accomplice, police said. 

Witnesses told police officers the man fled in a black car with a male getaway driver.

Detectives believe the same duo targeted two men visiting from London just before 3 a.m. on Third Street at Ocean Drive, and another tourist on Euclid Avenue and Eighth Street.

"We don't want these individuals on the street," Detective Shantell Mitchell said. "They are armed and dangerous, and we want to keep the city of Miami Beach streets safe for all of our residents and tourists."

Detectives were asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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