Miami-Dade County

Four men pistol whip and pepper spray man in Southwest Miami-Dade, demand drugs and money

Four men terrorized a South Miami-Dade family with weapons and pepper spray early Tuesday, demanding drugs and money, before fleeing.

Miami-Dade police said Eduardo Martinez, 20, was in a shed behind his home in the 11200 block of Southwest 173rd Terrace at 2:16 a.m.,when the men showed up, then pistol whipped and pepper sprayed him.

When Martinez’s stepfather Luis Santos heard the commotion, he headed toward the shed, but was confronted at gunpoint. The men pushed Santos to the ground, according to police, then shattered a sliding glass door and entered the home.

By then, Martinez’s mom Idrania Morales and her 11-year-old son had managed to slip underneath an air conditioning system and scurry back into a small room behind an empty wall.

The four men took off without injuring anyone.

Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said police found small packets of suspected marijuana at the family home, but no one was arrested.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.