Miami police have arrested a pair of alleged police impersonators who last month robbed two tourists from Sweden who were traveling in a taxi.
Alejandro Filguieras, 19, and William Carles, 35, have were arrested and charged with the crime.
Filguieras is charged with two counts of strong arm robbery, two counts of falsely personating an officer and one count of robbery carjacking attempt. Carles is charged with one count each of the same crimes.
Police said taxi Manuel Seminario, 36, was driving the couple to the airport in his cab on July 16 when they were robbed at the intersection of Northwest37th Avenue and 14th Street.
Seminario told police he was stopped behind a silver Toyota at a traffic light. When the light changed, it didn’t move, so he honked his horn. That’s when, Seminario said, two men got out and walked toward his cab.
He told police the first man screamed expletives at him as he approached the driver side of the car. The second man, who was holding what looked like a police badge, went to the passenger side.
Seminario said the man standing by his door then yanked it open, pulled him from the cab, forced him to his knees and patted him down.
According to police, the second man then pulled one of the passengers, Ermina Lennartsson, 28, from the cab and went through her purse. He then threw the bag in the Toyota. He then grabbed a bag from the second passenger, Glenn Lennartsson, 28, and began to go through it, police said.
Lennartsson pleaded with the man not to take it because it had the couples’ passports. The man handed the bag back.
The second man then grabbed Seminario’s backpack and bag from the front seat of the cab and threw them into his car.
The impersonators explained that they were searching for drugs and then all three victims were patted down and their luggage was searched. The cabbie and the Lennartssons were then ordered to get back in the cab as the two men returned to the Toyota and drove off with the couple’s and cabbie’s belongings including wallets with credit cards, a gold chain, a purse, a camera, cell phones and nearly $500 in cash.
Just ten minutes earlier, police said the two men attempted the same act on a female victim at the Orion Gas Station, located at 1055 N.W. 27 Ave., however, they were unsuccessful.