Miami-Dade County

Second suspect from police impersonator home invasion robbery in jail

Not a search warrant and not cops

Two thugs perpetrated a home invasion robbery around 3 a.m. June 13 in the 9800 block of Southwest 159th Street. One of the suspects, 29-year-old Usmael Carvajal, was reportedly captured in Pinellas Park Wednesday night.
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Two thugs perpetrated a home invasion robbery around 3 a.m. June 13 in the 9800 block of Southwest 159th Street. One of the suspects, 29-year-old Usmael Carvajal, was reportedly captured in Pinellas Park Wednesday night.

Six weeks after the June 13 South Miami-Dade home invasion robbery by two police impersonators and one month after the arrest of one suspect, Suspect No. 2 was taken into custody.

Joseph Quiroz, 18, was booked into Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center Friday on charges of armed robbery, armed burglary and falsely impersonating a police officer. Now residing over in the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center on the same charges — plus possession of a firearm by a convicted felon — is 29-year-old Usmael Carvajal. Carvajal was arrested in a Pinellas Park apartment June 28.

Neither Quiroz nor Carvajal received bond.

Quiroz, who was arrested for petit theft in March, was found in Newnan, Georgia, where he went after the video of the home invasion emerged. An older sister of Quiroz lives there, but he was staying at a Stay Lodge extended stay hotel. An arrest report says a Newnan police officer took Quiroz into custody in the parking lot that serves a movie theater and bowling alley.

Surveillance video from a home in the 9800 block of Southwest 159th Street shows the front door being kicked in around 3 a.m. June 13. The man doing the kicking wore a short ponytail, a fake badge, a vest and a drawn gun. He and his cohort allegedly put the couple in handcuffs and got them to give up the cash in the house safe.

The robbery occurred while the couple’s three children slept elsewhere in the house.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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