An intense, hours-long police search for an armed robber in Miami ended with the suspect's arrest Wednesday morning.
The suspect, armed with a handgun, had broken into an apartment and attacked an 83-year-old woman to rob her, said officer Kenia Reyes, a Miami police spokeswoman.
The suspect, who is in his 20s or 30s, broke into the woman's apartment at 501 SW 42nd Ave., hit her in the head several times, dragged her into a room, and took several items, including a T.V., Reyes said.
The search, which lasted about three hours and caused heavy traffic delays, involved canine units and the SWAT team.
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"We had coverage done immediately," said Reyes.
Authorities set up a perimeter stretching for several blocks -- from Southwest 42nd to 43rd avenues, and from Fourth to Sixth streets. Officers combed the area, knocking on the doors of several homes and asking residents to remain inside.
Witnesses said they saw the man jumping fences, going from yard to yard. It is unclear what he did with the T.V.
Rescue workers treated the woman's head injury at the scene.
"Luckily this woman is alive today," Reyes said.
About 11 a.m., police officers arrested the man who was hiding in the back of a home on Fifth Street, between 43rd and 42nd avenues.
Before police found him, drivers traveling north on Le Jeune Road, near Coral Gables experienced heavy traffic delays. They were unable to access the Dolphin Expressway.
Police reopened the roads minutes after the arrest.