3 men posing as FBI agents ransack Hialeah home
Updated On: Jun 30 2013 06:52:26 PM EDT
Police say three armed men posing as FBI agents forced their way into a single-family home with five people inside and stole money from a safe.
The incident happened Saturday around 1:30 p.m. at a house at 3591 West 74th Place in Hialeah, located across the street from Hialeah Gardens Elementary.
According to Hialeah police, there were five adults in the house at the time of the incident with one of them tied up when police arrived.
"During that time, they tied up one of the victims inside the house," said Hialeah Police Detective Carl Zogby.
Authorities said the three men wore FBI jackets, FBI skull caps and jeans.
Police said the three men held those inside the house at gunpoint, took an undisclosed amount of money from a safe and then took off in a white Hummer H2, heading south along West 36th Avenue.
"At that point, you have to cooperate," said Zogby. "You're not gonna resist whether they are cops or the bad guys, but they grabbed what they could and left."
Four of the occupants living in the house were still there before 4 p.m. Saturday. One of the five was being questioned at the police station.
Police said the occupants of the house didn't seem nervous about the invasion. None of the adults were hurt.
Local 10's Baron James spoke with one of the victims who was inside the house during the home invasion. She said the three men came through the back door of the house.
Not in their backyards, incredulous neighbors were talking about Saturday's incident.
"There's never any type of big deal around here. This is a big deal around here for everyone," said one neighbor.
"It's really something out of the ordinary," said Arron Ojeda.
Hialeah crime scene detectives continued looking for clues, dusting for fingerprints, canvassing the neighborhood, searching for the FBI impersonators and trying to determine if this was a random or targeted armed home invasion.
"A large percentage of these cases are not random," said Zogby, "and they are targeted because somebody believes you have cash in the house or something of value."
If you know anything about this invasion, you are asked to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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