Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade police looking for three armed men who may be impersonating officers

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Miami-Dade police are investigating an armed robbery that involved three people impersonating a police officer.

According to investigators, Alberto Martell, 21, and Antuan Carpio, 37, were in a car in the area of Southwest 45th Street and 123rd Avenue when they saw a black Dodge, possibly a Charger, driving behind them with flashing headlights at about 3:20 on Tuesday morning.

The men then noticed that red and blue lights started to flash on the Dodge, which led them to believe it was a police vehicle.

It wasn’t.

Two subjects wearing ski masks, armed with a gun and what police called an “electronic control device,” approached the two men in their car and demanded the victims’ property and money, Miami-Dade police Det. Lee Cowart said in a release.

After a brief struggle, one of the suspects activated the device and struck one of the men.

The subjects got away with a gold chain, a gold ring, and about $2,000, according to Cowart.

As the two subjects walked away, one of the victims saw a third subject standing by the Dodge. The subjects fled westbound on Southwest 45th Street.

Police ask that if you have information about this incident, call CrimeStoppers at 305-471-8477 or visit

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.