As police got ready to tow away a Mercedes-Benz parked in front of a Little Haiti restaurant after a shooting that left a man in the passenger seat wounded, the owner of the car asked if he could get his bag out of the trunk.
The reason, police say: There was more than $5,000 of cash in a bank deposit bag, a large bag of suspected marijuana, a syringe with suspected heroine and a grinder, among other things.
The stash landed Alejandro Sosa, 37, in cuffs facing charges including marijuana possession, heroin possession and drug paraphernalia possession.
It all started Monday when Sosa, Ridge King, 32, and a woman came out of Philly Grub, 99 NW 54th St., to discover that the car's battery was dead.
They were waiting for a AAA repairman to fix the battery when two men — at least one with a gun — approached them on foot.
The armed man pointed the gun at King, who was sitting in the passenger seat with the door open. Police said shots then rang out and King was hit in the abdomen. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery.
Police officers began taking inventory of the car, police said. Sosa asked to get the bag from the trunk and a gun from the driver’s side door compartment.
The cop, according to the report, asked: “Is there anything in the bag that I need to know about?”
Sosa told the officer that he “kept his everyday cash in the bag and some weed,” the officer wrote in an arrest report.
The officer found a blue bank bag, “which had several folders labeled with different drug slang verbiage,” with $5,130, the officer wrote. There was also suspected marijuana and cocaine in the bag, police said.
Sosa was arrested.
Meanwhile, cops set up a perimeter to find the two robbers to no avail. On Tuesday, Miami police released video that showed two young men running away.
One is described as being 5 feet, 10-inches to 5 feet, 11-inches tall, 18 to 25 years old, and clean-shaven with short-twisted dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black pants and armed with a black handgun. The second robber was described as being 5 feet, 8-inches to 5 feet, 10-inches tall, 18 to 25 years old, slim-built, with short hair and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a black sweater, black pants and white shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).