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Jewelry sale gone wrong ends with victim dragged across parking lot, police say

Jewelry sale gone wrong ends with victim dragged across parking lot, police say

A Hialeah couple decided to sell old jewelry through an app Sunday night, and ended up dragged across the parking lot of a gas station, police said. By the time cops arrived, they said the 14k gold anklet with a dolphin charm was on the ankle of t
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A Hialeah couple decided to sell old jewelry through an app Sunday night, and ended up dragged across the parking lot of a gas station, police said. By the time cops arrived, they said the 14k gold anklet with a dolphin charm was on the ankle of t

A Hialeah couple decided to sell old jewelry through an app and ended up dragged across the parking lot of a gas station, police said. By the time cops arrived, they said the 14-karat gold anklet with a dolphin charm was on the ankle of the robbery suspect’s child.

The couple showed up at the Shell gas station at 8010 Hialeah Gardens Blvd. with their $350 bracelet around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, they told police. They arranged to meet with Lorely Lafont and Marisol Sanchez to sell the anklet through the marketplace app Let Go.

Lafont got into the couple’s car to examine the bracelet, which Lafont clasped around her 4-year-old daughter’s ankle. That’s when Lafont told the sellers she only had half the money for the anklet and asked the couple to come back to her house so she could pay the rest, police said.

The wife offered to accompany Lafont inside to the gas station’s ATM instead, but she “became upset and stated she was not being trusted and was going to call police due to being harassed,” according to the report.

Police said Lafont grabbed her child, got out of the victim’s car and got into the Chevrolet Impala she arrived in. Her child, now inside the sedan, was still wearing the anklet.

Sanchez hit the gas and started to flee the parking lot, but the husband grabbed hold of the passenger and held on. He was dragged several hundred feet across the parking lot, leaving him scraped, bruised and battered from the kicks to the face he suffered as the passengers tried to make him let go.

Police caught up to Sanchez and Lafont, arrested them and charged them with strong-arm robbery with aggravated battery. Lafont was also charged with child neglect.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc

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