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Hunt on for suspects after ATM repair man attacked in North Miami

 

ngreen@MiamiHerald.com

North Miami police are looking for two men who brutally beat up and shot an ATM repair man in front of his North Miami condominium earlier this month.

On Friday morning, police and the victim’s family called a press conference to ask for the public’s help.

The victim, Juan Carlos Canales, is in stable condition, but police declined to say at which hospital. His family said it was unclear whether he would ever walk again. Shards of fractured bones from the impact of the bullet punctured his spine, according to his sister-in-law, Oneiea Arrieta.

“We love him very dearly, and we want the people to be brought to justice,” Arrieta said.

According to police, Canales, 26, arrived at his North Miami condominium in the late evening hours on May 4 when two men approached him, beat him, and robbed him of his wallet and car keys. Then they threw Canales into the trunk of his car.

Police say Canales escaped from the trunk before his attackers could leave the condo’s parking lot at Northeast 133rd Street and Seventh Avenue.

“He managed to find his way out. Once he did, they had to hunt him down, gun him down, pull him through the parking lot and shoot him, leaving him for dead,” North Miami Police spokesman Neal Cuevas said.

Police said there was no clear motive yet for the violent attack.

Canales, a computer engineering major at DeVry University, worked as an ATM repair man. He would be dispatched to area ATMs to refill cartridges and reprogram machines. He did not have access to the cash in the ATMs, according to police.

North Miami police located Canales’ gray Ford Fiesta hours after the attack, abandoned in North Miami Beach near 170th Street and Northeast Sixth Avenue.

Canales was able to provide police with a description of one of his attackers for a composite sketch.

“We are seeking the public’s help with identifying and capturing these criminals, these hoodlums, these vagabonds who are responsible for this act of violence,” said North Miami Police Chief Marc Elias.

A $6,000 reward is being offered for tips that lead to the arrest of the suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-8477.

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