Six men carrying weapons stormed into two homes in South Miami-Dade early Wednesday morning, tied up hostages, and got away with thousands of dollars of cash and goods. But they still walked away angry, according to one of the victims, because they invaded the “wrong” homes.
The home invaders were still at large Wednesday. None of the victims were harmed.
The early morning crime spree began some time before 3 a.m., at a home in the 11800 block of Southwest 206th Terrace. That’s when a man getting ready to take his girlfriend home heard a loud noise out front.
“Six people were outside. They had weapons and hoodies,” said Miami-Dade police Detective Robin Pinkard.
Pinkard said the men forced the man and woman back into the home, where they were dragged into a bathroom and tied up before the door was locked. Then, Pinkard said, the group ransacked the home.
Upset at not finding any drugs or money, they untied the man and walked with him a few doors down to his brother’s house. When someone opened that front door, the group rushed in and threatened everyone in the home, including children.
They left with $3,000 in cash and two cellphones, Pinkard said.
Miami-Dade police identified two of the victims as brothers Dennis and David Varela. According to WSVN Channel 7, Dennis Varela said that when the intruders left, they threatened to come back and kill his children if he called the police.
“How am I going to be able to sleep tonight after what just happened, now? How are my kids going to be able to sleep, now?” he asked.
Varela also told WSVN that he overheard one of the men speaking on a cellphone. The man, Varela said, told someone on the line that he was at the wrong home because they couldn’t find any drugs.