Police arrest gold chain bandit
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida man captured on surveillance video attempting to snatch a gold chain from an elderly woman who fought back is behind bars, police said.
Twenty-one-year-old Brian Moreno Olivera was charged with battery and assault. The footage captured him trying to snatch a chain off of 78-year-old Olga Rivera Wednesday morning as she was sitting at a bus stop.
Hialeah Police Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez said the perpetrator had targeted another senior citizen on Sept. 25. "[He] was responsible for taking advantage of women who were standing outside waiting for the bus," he said.
Rivera, however, fought back against Moreno Olivera. "In this case, unfortunately, it didn't work out for him the way he planned," said Rodriguez. "Right when he snatched the chain off this last victim, a 78-year-old female, she turned around and began to attack her assailant."
The video shows the woman using her umbrella to smack and stun Moreno Olivera. A Hialeah Police officer happened upon the scene and took him into custody.
Rivera refused to comment on the incident. Her neighbors said she doesn't want the hero attention she's been garnering for warding off her young attacker.
"I think he should be embarrassed right now," said area resident Steve Torres.
"It takes a strong woman to do that, cause she didn't let none of that slide," said neighbor Giancarlos Ricardo.
"She had such courage," said Mercedes Medina, Rivera's next door neighbor, in Spanish.
Elda Ramirez, the subject's Sept. 25 victim, said she was standing on a sidewalk on West 18th Avenue and 54th Street helping someone with directions when she felt a sharp tug on her neck. "I felt something tugging me back," she said through a Spanish translator.
Ramirez said Moreno Olivera was unable to grab the necklace off her neck. She suffered a cut on her arm, but she said, the psychological scars still linger. "I'm afraid of being attacked again," she said in Spanish.
"Olivera was on standby, waiting for [his victims] to not be paying attention," said Rodriguez. "That's when he would run by his victims, snatch the chain right off their necks and continue to flee the area."
Investigators said they are looking for other victims who may not have fought back or reported the crime. If you were victimized by Moreno Olivera, or have information about any prior incidents involving him, call 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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