Teen Arrested in Coconut Grove Home Invasion Shooting: Miami Police

17-year-old facing several charges in home invasion that ended in shooting: Police

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Oct 31, 2013  |  Updated 9:22 AM EDT
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Miami Police spokesman Freddie Cruz discusses the home invasion shooting in Coconut Grove.

Miami Police spokesman Freddie Cruz discusses the home invasion shooting in Coconut Grove.

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A teen has been arrested and is facing several charges in a Coconut Grove home invasion that ended with a homeowner being shot in front of his family.

The 17-year-old is charged with attempted murder, armed burglary with battery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by adjudged delinquent, four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and five counts of false imprisonment, Miami Police said Wednesday.

Records showed the teen was arrested Tuesday.


According to police, the incident happened around 3 a.m. on Oct. 26, when the victim and his family returned to their home in the 3200 block of Margaret Street after a Halloween Party.

As they were entering the home, they were approached by two masked and armed men, who demanded money and jewelry.

At one point, the homeowner heard screaming and tried to defend his family and was knocked to the ground. While he was on the ground, the teen shot him in the abdomen, police said.


The rest of the family was ordered on the ground as the armed men took a purse, phone, iPad and wallet and fled the scene, police said.

The homeowner was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

According to a Miami Police report, detectives were able to find the teen thanks to fingerprints left in the house. After his arrest, the teen confessed to the shooting, saying he threw the gun he used into Biscayne Bay, the report said.

Records showed the teen had a previous robbery case in May 2012.

Police are still looking for the second suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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