The men police say are behind the Miami-Dade nail salon murder of 10-year-old Aaron Vu were caught on surveillance video just days before the shooting during an armed robbery of a restaurant, officials said.
The video, released by police Monday, shows a terrified employee at the Royal Castle on Northwest 7th Avenue in North Miami being shoved around with a gun in her face as two gunmen rob the place.
The two suspects force the employee to the register, force her to open it up, get the loot and bolt through the back in the robbery, which police said happened Nov. 9.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the heist, though the restaurant is no longer open for business.
Just 13 days later and less than two dozen blocks away, Aaron Vu and his father, Hai Vu, were shot during a robbery at the Hong Kong nail salon at 14832 Northwest 7th Avenue. Aaron Vu died from his injuries while his father was hospitalized.
Aaron Vu was laid to rest Monday, the same day the latest video was released. His father, still wearing a sling and in a wheelchair, attended the funeral at St. Mark Church in Southwest Ranches.
Police say the unmasked gunman in the latest video is 19-year-old Anthawn Ragan, who was arrested and charged in the robbery and shooting of Aaron Vu. Ragan remains behind bars without bond, charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, four counts of robbery, eight counts of aggravated assault and attempted murder.
The second suspect from both robberies is still on the run and has never been identified, as he covered his face with a shirt or towel in both incidents, police said.
Police are asking the public to come forward to help find the second suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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