Police hunt for iPhone bandit in botched robbery


For The Miami Herald

An iPhone bandit fired three rounds at an AT&T employee during a botched robbery in Miami Springs on Saturday afternoon.

After waiting for customers to leave the store, the robber entered around 1:45 p.m., wearing a bandana and carrying a pillowcase. He shouted “this is for real, mother******!” said Mike Mabjish, the store manager, who was forced to lay on the ground while the suspect fumbled for his pillow case.

He was after the iPhones, Mabjish said.

While Mabjish was face down on the floor, the gunman beat his head with a 9 mm pistol until the magazine dropped out of the firearm. The two then struggled.

Mabjish got up and “zig-zagged” out the front door of the store, at 143 Westward Dr. He said he tumbled and rolled on the grassy median as the robber chased while popping in a new magazine and discharging three rounds in Mabjish’s direction.

Mabjish was not hit and no property was taken. One of the bullets may have struck the post office next door, which quickly closed.

Police asked for the public’s help in catching the suspect, who drove away in a black SUV, possibly a Buick Enclave. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Miami Springs police at 305-888-9711.

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