Woman intervenes in robbery attempt outside Popeyes, shoots gun in the air, cops say

A strong-arm robbery Thursday outside a Popeyes restaurant in Southwest Miami-Dade was thwarted by a woman who intervened and fired at least one shot into the air, police said.

The sound of her gunfire must have scared the alleged robber, who took off running, according to Lee Cowart, a police spokesman. The man was later caught and taken into custody.

The incident happened just before noon on the corner of Southwest 112th Avenue and 152nd Street.

Miami-Dade police said while a man was being robbed, a woman stepped in to help. The robbery victim suffered minor injuries, police said. No one was hit by gunfire.

Nearby Coral Reef High was temporarily placed on lockdown, but it was lifted shortly thereafter.

Police are investigating.

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Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.