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Man charged with pistol whipping woman in Miami Beach, but two men remain on the loose

Police investigate Miami Beach armed robbery

Miami Beach Police are asking for the public’s help identifying three suspects involved in an armed robbery. The robbery occurred near 1903 Collins Avenue on Tuesday, November 14th at approximately 1:40 a.m.
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Miami Beach Police are asking for the public’s help identifying three suspects involved in an armed robbery. The robbery occurred near 1903 Collins Avenue on Tuesday, November 14th at approximately 1:40 a.m.

Miami Beach police have arrested a suspect in the violent pistol whipping and robbery of a woman who was walking outside of the Sultan Restaurant on Tuesday morning.

Nigel Gainey, 23, was arrested on Friday after the victim identified him in a lineup. He was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm. Police are still searching for two more men who were spotted in the getaway car.

According to police, the woman was on the sidewalk near the restaurant in the 1900 block of Collins Avenue at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday when the suspect exited a silver SUV that was parked facing eastbound on 19th Street. In the surveillance video police released via Twitter, the man whom police identified as Gainey approaches the woman, pulls a gun from his pants, and beats her about the head with the weapon.

After the woman fell, the suspect continued to strike her at least three times while she was on the ground and grabbed her purse. The man then ran across the street to the waiting vehicle which, police say, had two men inside. The victim is seen in the video getting up and chasing the man down the street until he gets into the vehicle and takes off.

She was transported to Mount Sinai Medical Center and treated for lacerations. According to NBC6, police say the woman’s purse contained her cellphone and a loaded Taurus handgun. The suspects are believed to have been in a silver Nissan Rogue with tinted windows.

Miami Beach police ask that anyone with information call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

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