Miami-Dade County

Messy car burglary leads to confrontation and shots fired. Police hunt for suspect.

Miami police set up a perimeter in the Allapattah neighborhood not far from Miami Jackson Senior High early Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, after reports of shots fired. A woman in a BMW said a man stole money from the vehicle and then rammed the car with his truck.
Miami police set up a perimeter in the Allapattah neighborhood not far from Miami Jackson Senior High early Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, after reports of shots fired. A woman in a BMW said a man stole money from the vehicle and then rammed the car with his truck. CBS4

Miami police set up a perimeter in a residential area in Allapattah southeast of Miami Jackson Senior High School for almost four hours early Friday morning after officers responded to reports of shots fired.

According to Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat, officers and police dogs didn’t find anyone with gunshot wounds in the neighborhood of Northwest 14th Avenue and 33rd Street. They did discover a vehicle crash where two people suffered minor injuries. The victims were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Police are still looking for an armed suspect, who they believe robbed Willie Martinez and tried to run her over, according to CBS4.

Martinez told CBS4 she was talking with some friends at Northwest 15th Avenue and 33rd Street when a man stole $200 out of her BMW.

“I saw him open the glove compartment and as soon as I saw him open the glove compartment I let him step out of the car. As soon as he stepped out of the car, I stepped into the driver’s seat. I opened the glove compartment and noticed the money wasn’t there. That’s when I started snapping. He then came up and pulled out a gun on me,” she said.

She said he then rammed her car with his pickup truck and fired several shots.

“He rammed it and after he rammed it he reversed back and tried running me over,” Martinez told CBS4.

Two passersby, including an unidentified 17-year-old girl, were struck in the melée and taken to the hospital.

NBC6 reporter Amanda Plascencia posted on Twitter that officers had surrounded a smashed BMW and home in Allapattah on Friday morning. Neighbors told the station “there was a confrontation, a messy car burglary and then shots were fired.”

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

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