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Miami police searching for robbers who abducted mother

Police sketches of the two robbers can be seen.
Police sketches of the two robbers can be seen. City of Miami Police Department

Miami police are looking for a man and a woman who abducted a 58-year-old mom at gunpoint and stole jewelry from her under the pretense that her daughter was in trouble.

Marianela Castillo Gando was walking on Northwest 34th Avenue and 7th Street around 7:50 p.m. Sept. 30 when a gray Nissan van pulled up next to her, police said.

According to police, this is what happened:

The man and the woman inside told her that her son was in trouble. When Castillo Gando told the duo that she does not have a son, the two changed their story and said that her daughter was in trouble.

After some back and forth, the man pulled out a gun and told Castillo Gando to get in the van.

Once inside, Castillo Gando called her daughter “who told her she could not speak, because she was at work,” according to police. The pair then told her that her daughter had been told to say that.

The man told Castillo Gando that they needed $30,000 to help her daughter.

The pair drove to Castillo Gando‘s home in the 100 block of Fontainebleau Boulevard in West Miami-Dade where she ran upstairs to her apartment to get jewelry. She came back with the valuables, told the duo she had more and went back upstairs.

When she returned the van was gone.

Police are asking the public for help to identify the robbers.

Investigators described the man to be between 25 and 30 years old, wearing a purple shirt and brown pants. He is believed to be five-foot-five and 180 pounds.

The female robber is believed to be between 30 and 35 years old, wearing a blue long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans. Police believe she is five-foot-three and 200 pounds.

Anyone with information should contact the Miami Police Department’s Robbery Unit at 305-603-6370, or anonymously at 305-471- TIPS (8477).-

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