Miami-Dade police working an undercover detail Monday made a startling discovery: They spotted five men inside a silver 2009 Nissan Maxima, pulling on police gear and strapping on weapons.
The real plainclothes cops observed the men place red and blue lights on the car, put on police T-shirts, caps, attach badges with police insignias, and passed flex cuffs to each other, according to a police report.
One of the men “exited the vehicle and fastened a mid-thigh holster with a blue steel semi-automatic pistol in it,” according to the report.
Miami-Dade Police detective Carlos Garcia quickly radioed dispatch to check whether another detail was working in Concord Park, 3301 SW 114th Ave., a nondescript swath south of Florida International University and a few blocks from Florida’s Turnpike.
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“Police dispatch verified that there were not any undercover/plainclothes units working in the area,” wrote Garcia.
As the Maxima pulled out of the park shortly before 4 p.m., several police units surrounded it. The five men were arrested on charges ranging from carrying concealed weapons to loitering and prowling and resisting arrest.
“It was quickly determined that defendants were not police,” Garcia said.
Arrested were Lazaro Souchay, 28, of Hialeah and four others from Miami, including Miranda Carrero, 26; Edisner Arango, 38; Damian Rosello, 23, and Andres Nohaya, 54.
Garcia said police first saw the men seated at a picnic table, then watched as they wandered over to the Maxima, got in and proceeded to get dressed.
Besides the tactical gear, police also found two semi-automatic pistols, a Lorcin .380 and an Accu-Tech .380. Also in the men’s possession: a replica air pistol.
Police on Tuesday wouldn’t explain why the men were in the park, why they were imitating police, or where they were headed.
Detective Robin Pinkard, a Miami-Dade police spokesman, described what the real police were working on only as “an undercover detail at the park.”