Bullets fly, suspect shot during brazen robbery attempt at Miami Burger King

 

jsimmons@MiamiHerald.com

A man who walked into a busy Burger King just north of downtown Miami Friday afternoon and tried to rob a family was shot and injured by one of his victims, according to Miami police.

The suspect’s bad luck continued as he jumped into a waiting getaway car — only to have it run out of gasoline a few blocks away from the robbery scene.

Travis Trenard Harris, 36, and his alleged getaway driver were arrested on robbery charges.

Police say Harris walked into the Burger King at 1700 Biscayne Blvd., approached a family of three and demanded their belongings.

The victims said they were sitting at a table when Harris walked up and said, “No disrespect, but I need to take these phones.”

He then grabbed their cellphones and attempted to run out toward a waiting Ford F-150, driven by another man.

One of the victims pulled out a weapon and opened fire, hitting the robber in the leg.

The robber kept going, made it to the truck, and it sped off. A witness saw it heading west on 17th Street and onto Northeast Second Avenue. Someone followed and phoned police, said Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes.

Officers caught up with the robbers at a gasoline station on Northeast Second Avenue and 26th Street, where they had pulled in because they were running out of gas, according to police.

Both men were arrested. Police say the pair also are suspected of stealing a woman’s cellphone around 10:15 a.m. on Northeast Fourth Avenue.

Harris was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Unit for his gunshot wound. He has been charged with three counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Two of the victims picked Harris out of a photo lineup, according to his arrest affidavit, and officers found a victim’s cellphone in the pickup truck.

The other man in the truck, Ramon Smalls, 38, is charged with one count of strong-arm robbery for the morning cellphone theft. Charges might be added for the Burger King robbery, police said.

The Miami Police Department urges anyone with information to call the department’s robbery unit at 305-603-6370.

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