NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A man is in jail after he began rummaging through a car outside of a northeast Miami-Dade business then pointed what turned out to be a fake gun at the business owner.
Police said that on Jan. 11, Alex Telemaque entered a 2017 red Infinity Q50 parked outside of a business in the 1900 block of NE 3rd Court.
The owner of the car was inside the business when he saw a man pointing a gun and rifling through his car. When he went outside to confront the man, a police report said Telemaque began throwing items from inside the vehicle.
He then pointed what looked like a gun at the victim.
“Once I go to the front door, he jumps up and points what looks like a gun at me,” said the business owner. “I thought I was going to have to shoot someone. The first thought I had was that I didn’t know if he was alone.”
The business owner was armed himself but he decided to take refuge inside his business.
“The angle he was in he would have gotten a shot off before I did,” the victim said.
According to the police report, some of the items that Telemaque continued to throw from the car caused a glass window to break.
“I have security cameras so everyone else feels safe. I have never any kind of issues like that before,” the victim said.
It could have been a deadly situation since the owner had a firearm, but the business owner said that rather than engaging in a gunfight he decided it was safer to go back inside and wait for police to arrive.
Telemaque, 32, of Miami, faces charges of criminal mischief, burglary, and aggravated assault with a firearm despite police calling it a “simulated weapon.”