Miami police seek suspects who robbed two tourists and their taxi

 

cnightingale@MiamiHerald.com

Miami police are looking for two suspects who robbed a taxi driver and two Swedish passengers while impersonating police officers Tuesday afternoon.

The incident played out around 5:15 p.m. as the taxi driver was stopped behind a silver Toyota at a traffic light.

The taxi driver honked his horn so that the driver of the Toyota would make a right-hand turn. The two suspects then got out of the Toyota, walked back to the taxi and said they were police officers. The suspects then ordered the taxi driver and his two passengers to get out of the car at Northwest 37th Avenue and 14th Street.

Claiming they were searching for drugs, they patted down the three victims and searched the passengers' luggage. The suspects then ordered the victims to get back into the taxi before fleeing with all of the victims' belongings north on NW 37th Avenue.

According to police, one suspect is a male in his 30's, is about 5’ 10’’ and 240 pounds, and was last seen wearing a red shirt and black and red shorts. He has black hair, was unshaven at the time, had gold top and bottom teeth and a scar on his left forearm. The second suspect is also a Latin male in his 30's, is 5-10 and 190 pounds, and was last seen wearing black jeans and a white shirt.

Just 10 minutes before the robbery, the suspects unsuccessfully attempted the same ruse on a woman at the Orion Gas Station at 1055 NW 27th Ave.

Anyone with information on the robbery can contact the Miami police robbery unit at 305-603-6370. Those with information who wish to remain anonymous can contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-4877.

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