Shots fired at local Burger King, 2 detained
MIAMI (WSVN) -- An armed robbery at a local fast food restaurant escalated into intense gunfire that sent one man to the hospital and another one to jail, Friday.
Miami Police Department officials said the robbery occurred inside a Burger King on Northeast 17th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, Friday afternoon. Around lunchtime, a woman and her son were eating when, police said, they were approached by an armed robber who demanded their cell phones.
A witness said that earlier in the day, the same man who held up the victims had asked him for money in the restaurant's parking lot. "Yeah, he come to me first asking for a dollar," the unidentified witness said. "I told him, 'I'm sorry, I don't have a dollar, I just have a coin.' He said, 'OK.'"
The witness said he had forgotten about this conversation until he saw the suspect entering the Burger King. "He looked at everybody," the witness recalled. Shortly thereafter, the suspect approached the victims. "He showed her the gun and said, 'Don't move, I take everything.' He took everything he wants," the witness said.
The woman told police the would-be robber said to her at gunpoint, "No disrespect, but I have to take those from you," as he grabbed the family's cell phones. Unbeknownst to the robber, the woman's husband was standing nearby, and he had a gun. The suspect pointed his gun at the husband, who then discharged his own gun, striking the robber in the leg. "The husband, who was right there, took his gun and shot," the witness said.
"We heard, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," said Adam Goldstein, who works near the Burger King. "The first time we heard it, we weren't quite sure what it was, [but] it was definitely identifiable as gunshots."
A gun left at the scene, police said, belonged to the would-be robber, who had been shot in the leg, jumped in the passenger side of a silver Ford F-150 truck that sped off. The man apparently ran out of gas, and with the help of a witness, authorities found the truck at a gas station located in the area of Northeast Second Avenue and 26th Street.
The husband of the woman targeted by the would-be robber was able to identify the suspect, who was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ramon Smalls, accused of acting as the getaway driver, was arrested and is being held on a $12,500 bond.
Investigators said Smalls had been identified by a woman earlier on Friday as the man who allegedly smacked her before taking her iPhone in the area of 2200 Northeast Fourth Avenue in Miami.
Smalls and the would-be robber are facing various robbery related charges. No one inside the Burger King was hurt.
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