FBI release photos of credit union crooks
COCONUT GROVE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are searching for three crooks accused of kicking employees during an armed robbery at a bank at Mercy Hospital while wearing green medical scrubs.
The robbery happened Thursday, at about 7:10 a.m., on the second floor at the hospital's credit union at 3663 S. Miami Avenue. Investigators said the three subjects entered the credit union and demanded money from an employee. Later that day, the FBI named 38-year-old Garriet Demona Hicks, as one of the suspects.
"Incredible, just incredible," said hospital visitor Armando Marquez when informed of the robbery. "Nowadays, anything can happen."
Miami Police said, after grabbing some cash, the robbers kicked three credit union employees, sprayed them with an aerosol irritant and threatened them with a firearm. "That's horrible," said hospital visitor Carlos Fernandez. "How could you do that?"
A former Mercy Hospital employee could not believe the violent incident took place at her past workplace. "It's mind-blowing, actually," said Dr. Robin Schaffer. "It's a quiet hospital with a little credit union."
Schaffer said the scrub-wearing perpetrators are all the talk in hospital property. "It's scary, scary in any capacity, especially if you're going to hold up a credit union," she said.
The doctor indicated the robbers allegedly ate at the hospital cafeteria before going to the credit union. "Apparently they went in and they ate first, showed their faces and then went in and held them up," she said.
All three employees were treated for their injuries in an emergency room at the hospital. They are expected to be OK.
Police are now searching for the three men who fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Surveillance cameras captured clear images of two of the robbers. FBI investigators said the robbers took off in a faded green 4-door Buick. "Eventually they're going to get caught," noted Marquez.
If anyone has information as to the identity of these robbers, please call the FBI at 305-944-9101 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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