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Robber hits West Kendall dollar store

An armed man robbed a store in a popular shopping center in suburban West Kendall on Sunday.

The assailant, who has not been identified, threatened an employee with a revolver on Sunday afternoon at the Family Dollar 99¢ store, in the Miller Square Shopping Center at 13852 SW 56th St., and ran away with the day’s income of about $500.

Juan Pérez, deputy director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, said the case was under investigation and detectives were analyzing video images taken by surveillance cameras.

At about 5:20 p.m. the man entered the store while talking on a cellular phone. After walking a few minutes through the aisles he asked the cashier for three packs of cigarettes. When the woman tried to collect $18 for the purchase, the man showed her a weapon on his belt and demanded that she give him all the money in the cash register.

“She got scared and gave him what was in the cash register,” said Taijul Islam, who has owned the store for six years. “Not satisfied, he also asked her to get the money hidden under the register, but the cashier told him that there was nothing more. She was very scared.”

Shortly after, the man just walked away. Islam said that besides the cap and the glasses, the robber was also wearing a hoodie.

Islam asked the police to reinforce the police patrol in that area of West Kendall.

“I feel bad because the economy is bad and then this happens to me,” Islam said. “This shopping center has its own security, but I wish the police could increase the patrol in this area.”

The armed robbery occurred a few days after an incident on Thursday, in which the police confronted three men who were trying to break into an occupied home in West Kendall.

When one of the residents at the house realized what was happening, he called 911. The suspects ran away and hid in a nearby house. The police cordoned the area around Southwest 56th Street and 113th Avenue and captured two of them, who were identified as Junior Khedive Pascal, 28, and Quindy Janvier, 25.

Police shot at the third suspect, who escaped by car, but it was not clear whether the suspect was hit.

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