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Police release surveillance video of woman robbed at gunpoint at Village of Merrick Park

Surveillance video shows man robbing woman at Village of Merrick Park

Coral Gables police released surveillance footage of a man robbing a 69-year-old woman at gunpoint in the parking garage of The Village of Merrick Park. The man then used the woman's credit card at a Target in Aventura.
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Coral Gables police released surveillance footage of a man robbing a 69-year-old woman at gunpoint in the parking garage of The Village of Merrick Park. The man then used the woman's credit card at a Target in Aventura.

After a busy day of shopping at the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, a 69-year-old woman made her way to the garage where she parked her Jaguar and put her packages and purse down on the passenger seat.

That’s when she felt a tug at the driver’s side door.

The next thing she knew, she was staring into the barrel of a gun, said Coral Gables police spokeswoman Kelly Denham. The man, wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hood, demanded her purse and took off with his loot.

On Tuesday, police released photos of the robber and a person who may have been with him during the April 24 robbery in hopes of “getting them off the street,” Denham said.

“She is truly fearful he is going to find her,” Denham said. Inside her purse was her car and house keys.

According to police, it was just before 8 p.m. April 24 when the woman, who asked not to be named, entered the tony shopping plaza’s garage at 4130 Ponce De Leon Blvd.

The woman told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that at first she thought it was a dream.

“I couldn’t believe it was happening to me,” she told the station. “All of a sudden it was my worst nightmare.”

Police said images of the men were captured on garage surveillance cameras. The men were also seen using the woman’s credit card at a Target in Aventura, police said.

“We need the community’s help in identifying these men,” Denham said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coral Gables Police Department at 305-442-1600 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 (TIPS).

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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