Police Investigate Armed Carjacking in Hialeah

Police are looking for a man who took a car at gunpoint in Hialeah.

By Ana Cuervo
|  Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013  |  Updated 5:09 PM EDT
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Police are looking for an armed carjacker who took off with a Toyota Yaris in Hialeah Wednesday morning. Ana Cuervo reports.

Police are looking for an armed carjacker who took off with a Toyota Yaris in Hialeah Wednesday morning. Ana Cuervo reports.

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Police are looking for an armed carjacker who took off with a Toyota Yaris in Hialeah Wednesday morning.

The carjacking occurred at 1670 West 62nd Street in Hialeah shortly after the suspect attempted to rob another car just a few blocks away, according to Hialeah Police.

The owner of the car, Leonel Gonzalez Fernandez, said he had just arrived at a relative's house at the time of the robbery. He had gotten out of the car to talk with his brother and two friends, and left the car running.

Seconds later, a man dressed in black walked up to the car and took out a gun.

"He yelled at us in English to stand back and pointed the gun at us," Gonzalez Fernandez said in Spanish.

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He said his first instinct was to take out his cell phone and try to call the police, but the armed man became angrier. The men stood back and the carjacker took off with the car.

Footage from a home security camera shows the suspect speeding away after the hold up.

The suspect's first attempted carjacking was in the fenced-in parking lot of an apartment building at 6175 West 20th Avenue.

"He couldn't take the car," said Carl Zogby, a Hialeah Police spokesman. "I think the car was disabled, then he fled. He didn't shoot his gun."

Officials are looking for a 4-door, silver 2007 Toyota Yaris with this tag number: X97-6YD.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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