Suspect named after car stolen with boy inside
Updated On: Jul 18 2012 11:48:23 PM EDT
The FBI says a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a man wanted in the theft of a car with a 3-year-old boy inside Wednesday, as well as two bank robberies.
Pedro Luis Valdes, 48, is wanted in a carjacking and a bank robbery that occurred Wednesday, and another bank robbery that happened Friday.
Investigators said they believe Valdes was the man who stole a silver 2001 Mitsubishi Montero with 3-year-old Daniel Rivero inside from the 5700 block of Northwest 37th Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.
Police said Daniel was with his mother and father when they stopped there to get him some ice cream. As soon as the boy's father stepped out of the car, police said, a man came up to him and forced his way into the SUV, where Daniel was still sitting.
The ice cream truck driver said he told the boy's father to get into the truck so they could follow the SUV, and the boy's father fell down and was injured. The driver said he and the father followed the SUV for a short distance, but the carjacker escaped with the SUV and Daniel.
Hialeah police said Daniel was dropped off at a TD Bank at 720 NW 57th Ave. in Miami on Wednesday afternoon. Miami Fire Rescue examined the child and found that he was unharmed.
The relief was apparent on Daniel's mother's face as she carried him out of the bank.
The FBI said Valdes was last seen driving the Mitsubishi Montero, which has Florida license plate No. T306JD.
Valdes is wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at a Bank of America at 7760 W. Flagler St. It is unclear whether the bank was robbed first, or if Daniel was dropped off at the TD Bank before the robbery.
Investigators said Valdes committed a robbery at a Regions Bank at 8373 W. Flagler St. about 11:50 a.m. Friday, as well.
The FBI said Valdes is considered armed and dangerous.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Valdes' arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 305-944-9101 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).
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