Police are searching for a man who, along with a partner, tried to rob a South Miami home on Thursday, leading to a two-hour lockdown for two nearby schools.
At about 2 p.m., police got a call from a South Miami resident who saw that a window in the back of a neighbor’s home had been broken into, South Miami Police Maj. Rene Landa said. Before officers arrived, two men ran out of the front door of the house.
Police set up a perimeter in the 6800 block of Southwest 63rd Street, and worked with Miami-Dade County Schools to put South Miami K-8 Center and South Miami Middle School on lockdown.
Landa said the lockdown, which lasted from 2:15 p.m. until about 4:15 p.m., was to ensure the approximately 250 school children who walk home from the two schools wouldn’t have to go through the police perimeter, where there were police dogs searching for two men who were possibly armed.
“I was not going to let kids walk into that neighborhood,” Landa said.
Police caught one suspect behind a nearby home, where he was running between a fence and a canal. His name was not immediately released.
Yordy DeJesus Cambon, 19, was still at large early Thursday evening. Landa said Cambon has been arrested several times before and is believed to be violent.
Landa said the two men attempted to steal about $60,000 of professional camera equipment from the home, which they had packed into a couple of bags. The homeowner said a gun was also missing from the home.