Police in Coral Gables have arrested two teenagers and an adult who are accused of armed robbery. They are searching for a fourth suspect.
Hasam Safi, 16, Aldana Mesias, 17, and Lazaro Navarro, 19, are in police custody after allegedly robbing four people at gunpoint early Saturday morning. The Coral Gables Police Department is still searching for a fourth suspect, 18-year-old James Wilson.
Never miss a local story.
The suspects snuck up on a group of pedestrians walking along the 1000 block of South Alhambra Circle around 2:30 a.m., according to the Coral Gables police. Driving with their car headlights turned off, the suspects approached the four victims as the passenger sitting in the front seat stuck a gun out of the car window and demanded that the victims hand over their belongings, police said. The passenger then got out of the car and repeated the demand a second time. Three of the victims fled immediately and the fourth dropped her belongings before running away.
The suspects sped away and police responding to the robbery spotted the car running a red light at the intersection of Coral Way and Red Road. Police lost sight of the car, but later received an anonymous phone call that several people had jumped a fence at 301 Madeira Ave. Police found the suspects’ car hidden nearby next to some bushes and a police K-9 sniffed out three of the four suspects, who were arrested and charged with armed robbery.