Man Steals Gold Chain and Car, Police Suspect Similarities in Case

Claudette Boileau was hit by the van of a man who stole her jewelry and her car. Miami-Dade Police say her story sounds similar to the case of 70-year-old Edna Holloman, who was also robbed.

About 3:00 a.m. last Friday, Claudette Boileau was a left turn from her house when she says a red van rear ended her BMW around NW 151st Street and NW 2nd Avenue.

Her neighbor, Dustin Cole, just happened to have been watching from across the street.

"I saw her car get rammed from behind, and then the guy hopped out the car talking about, 'Oh, I'm so sorry, miss,'" Cole said.

Those manners soon gave way to a motive. Boileau says the young, thin male driver, who may have been wearing a cast on his arm, threatened her life.

"[The guy says], 'I kill you, I kill you,'" she said as she demonstrated how he choked her.

Boileau says he demanded her $500 gold chain, $200 bracelet and any cash. In the end, he made off with much more.

"I just take it and give it to him, and I give him the bracelet. Then, after that, he go in my car... I called the police. They rushed, but he still got away with her car and stuff," said Cole.

The red van was left behind, but Boileau's car was gone along with the suspect. 

Miami-Dade Police say her story sounds similar to the case of 70-year-old Edna Holloman.

A woman who says she's her cousin told us what happened at the scene last Friday:

"They bumped her and made her pull over, then robbed her for her chain," the relative said.

Police say Holloman's Dodge Charger was also rear-ended by a red van, before she was robbed and shot outside Westview Middle School near NW 127th St. and NW 19th Avenue.

Holloman was shot in her hand, and the bullet traveled through her body. She was rushed to Ryder Trauma for treatment and was reportedly in critical condition Monday evening.

Authorities say it may be too soon to connect both crimes and others cases they have seen like them recently. Detectives expect to have some leads available to share with the public in the coming days.

Anyone with information about either crime is urged to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477. 

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