Magaly Blakz was entering the lobby of her new apartment building last week, arms full of personal items, when a man grabbed her by the neck and put a gun to her head.
When her boyfriend Ricardo Angel yelled “no” and moved toward the man, police said, the intruder pistol-whipped Blakz, then shot Angel in the stomach. The man took off with Blakz’s purse.
When police arrived Blakz and Angel were on the ground and bloodied near the front entrance to the seven-story complex in the 5900 block of Biscayne Boulevard — a new apartment they were just moving into.
Blakz is recovering. Angel remains in the hospital in serious but stable condition, Miami police said.
“It’s random. It’s a couple moving into an apartment complex,” said Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss. “But if anybody saw anything unusual that night, please contact police. It may have seemed insignificant at the time, but it’s significant to us.”
The violent encounter took place just before midnight on Dec.8.
Police haven’t said if the apartment building has surveillance cameras. They’re not certain if anyone else saw anything in the dead of night on a Monday. And unlike the shootings that have become too common in the neighborhoods just west of Biscayne Boulevard, this incident doesn’t seem to be over some type of beef, or any type of gang-related retaliation.
Moss said police are concerned because the shooter, described as a black male between 18 and 25, about five feet, eight inches tall and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds, seems to have a propensity for violence.
“It’s not like we’ve seen a pattern like this,” he said.
The police incident report says the man was wearing dark clothing and demanded Blakz’s purse and laptop as he confronted the couple. After taking her purse, the report says, the man fired twice, hitting Angel once. Then he ran away.
Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477. Or Miami police at 305-603-6370.