Miami-Dade County

Seven men accused of nine armed pawn shop robberies and one death over three counties

The suspects in January’s Little Havana pawn shop robbery that resulted in the fatal shooting of a 65-year-old customer won’t face murder charges.

Instead, they’re three of the seven Miami residents staring at a total of 21 counts of robbery and weapons charges in federal court from nine armed robberies of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach pawn shops between Nov. 15, 2016 and June 20, 2017.

Smack in the middle of those nine, four before and four after, was the Jan. 5 robbery of a Value Pawn at 717 SW 17th Ave. in Miami. While one of the three robbers smashed a display case, Miami police said, another robber shot 65-year-old Ricardo Soler Reyes. Jonathan Cruz, 31; Eric Melendez, 26; and 19-year-old Trayvon Thomas have been charged with causing the death of a person in the course of using a firearm during a crime of violence.

The indicted with their known nicknames are:

▪ Cruz, “Big Man,” “Boss Man,” “Chico Li.”

▪ Melendez, “E.”

▪ Thomas, “T,” “T-Man.”

▪ Sadieu Nelus, “Lucky,” 28 years old.

Sadieu Nelus
Sadieu Nelus Florida Dept. of Corrections

▪ Jorge Aponte Figueroa, 20 years old.

▪ Lazaro Armando Cordovi, “Screws,” “Loose Screws,” 35 years old.

Lazaro Cordovi
Lazaro Cordovi Florida Dept. of Corrections

▪ David Gonzalez, “Gano,” 20 years old.

The robberies they’re alleged to have committed:

▪ Nov. 15, Value Pawn, 5225 NW 27th Ave., Miami

▪ Dec. 2, La Familia Pawn Shop, 2304 S. Military Tr., West Palm Beach

▪ Dec. 21, Value Pawn, 736 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens

▪ Dec. 27, Value Pawn, 2751 Davie Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

▪ Jan. 5, Value Pawn 717 SW 17th Ave., Miami

▪ March 29, People’s Pawn & Jewelry, 2910 SW 30th Ave., Pembroke Park

▪ April 15, Value Pawn, 4217 North State Rd 7, Hollywood

▪ May 22, Cash Inn Pawn Shop, 5948 Pembroke Road, West Park

▪ June 20, Cash America , l726 West 68th St., Hialeah

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