Miami-Dade County

Arrest made in shooting of Miami student robbed days before graduation

Mugshot of Devin Lewism, arrested and charged with attempted murder in the robbery and shooting of Frank Hammar.
Mugshot of Devin Lewism, arrested and charged with attempted murder in the robbery and shooting of Frank Hammar.

Frank Hammar walked out of Jackson Memorial Hospital last week with one bullet still lodged near his spine. Liberty City resident Devin Lewis might be walking back into prison for putting that bullet and another one into Hammar, according to police.

On Thursday night, Miami police arrested Lewis, who they believe is one of the two men caught on surveillance video shooting the Swedish Miami Ad School student on June 7, days before his graduation. Lewis is being held without bond on one count of armed robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of attempted murder.

Freedom has proved to be a hard responsibility for Lewis, 25. He’s been a probation violator. He did one year, seven months and a week in prison during 2013-14, serving concurrent sentences for robbery with a deadly weapon and grand theft auto. Since getting out, he took a misdemeanor marijuana possession rap.

Hammar picked Lewis’ picture out of a six-photo array shown to him by police. He was walking alone on Northwest 26th Street after dinner at the Wynwood Diner with his parents when he was robbed at gunpoint by two men. After giving up some of his valuables but refusing to give up his wallet with his lone credit card, Lewis was shot as he slowly backed away. Hammar’s brother, Peter Hammar, lived in Miami for eight years after graduating Miami Ad School and told the Herald via email that his brother plans to stay in Miami.

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

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