Miami Lakes

Man attempts fraud at bank, then injures officer during getaway

Police say this man tried to make a fraudulent transaction Wednesday at a Miami Lakes bank and then injured an officer as he got away.
Police say this man tried to make a fraudulent transaction Wednesday at a Miami Lakes bank and then injured an officer as he got away.

An officer was injured Wednesday afternoon during a confrontation with a man who police say tried to make a fraudulent transaction inside a Miami Lakes bank.

The incident happened just after 1 p.m. Wednesday at a TD Bank branch, 16200 NW 57th Ave.

According to police, the bank called 911 to report a possible fraud. When officers arrived, bank employees pointed out the suspect, police said. Officers "detained the man," police said, but "during the course of the investigation the subject ran out of the bank in attempt to flee from police."

A 15-year veteran officer gave chase and followed the man to the parking lot where he got into a newer model red four-door Nissan Altima, police said.

The man then put the car in drive, dragging the officer several feet before he was able to let go, according to police. The officer was treated on the scene for lacerations to his hands and legs.

The man, who detectives say is heavy set, 5-feet 11-inches to 6-feet tall, has a short hair cut with a receding hair line, a full beard and mustache, and was wearing a yellow-and-white plaid shirt with white pants, was able to get away.

Any one with information regarding is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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