Miami-Dade Police said they are looking for a trio who kidnapped a man as he was working on a driveway and then drove him to his house to rob him. The victim, Pedro Ortega, and Miami-Dade Police spokesman Det. Alvaro Zabaleta spoke about the case.
Police are looking for a trio who kidnapped a man at gunpoint and drove him to his house to rob him, authorities said Wednesday.
The incident, which was partially caught on the victim's own security cameras, happened on Oct. 11 when Pedro Ortega was working on a driveway on the 2300 block of Northwest 52nd Street, Miami-Dade Police said.
Ortega, 38, was approached by one of the suspects who used an "electronic control device" to stun him while another suspect pointed a gun at Ortega and made demands for money, police said.
The suspects placed Ortega into a white cargo van where his wrists were tied and his mouth was covered with duct tape. They then drove Ortega to his house in the 3200 block of Northwest 23rd Avenue, police said.
"They hit me, they almost choked me, they hit my head and my back," Ortega told NBC 6 South Florida in Spanish.
He said they told him someone sent them to kill him for money.
Ortega said he told them where he lived because he knew his security cameras would catch them in the act.
The men made off with two computers and $5,000 in cash, stored in his backyard shed, where they left him before fleeing, police said.
"They seemed like they knew what they were going after. They knew that there's three against one," Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said.
Police said the suspects told Ortega to come out in 10 minutes as they got away. Ortega's white 2001 Ford Econoline van with license plate AXNG21 was also stolen, police said.
One of the suspects is described as a white male, 30 years old, 5-foot-8 and 240 pounds with brown eyes, brown hair, a light complexion and a medium build. A second is described as a white male, 20 years old, 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds with brown eyes, short, black hair and a dark complexion.
No description was given for the third suspect.
Ortega said he believes a fourth man in the group stole his van. He said that all of his tools were inside the vehicle and that he hasn't been able to find work since the robbery.
Police ask anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.