Police impersonators allegedly kidnap man
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man was found wandering the streets wearing handcuffs after a couple of police impersonators allegedly kidnapped him and took him for a wild ride.
Officials said, they received phone calls about a man with handcuffs walking barefoot on the side of the Palmetto Expressway, near the on-ramp at Okeechobee Road, Friday morning.
The victim's brother was trying to reach him Friday afternoon at his Southwest Miami-Dade home in the Hammocks, raising questions from neighbors. "The first thing I think I would probably look into is if there is any association between the supposed kidnappers and the family," Aurelio Sica said.
When asked who or why someone would do such a thing, the victim's brother said, 'I don't know,' as he avoided further questions.
When Hialeah Fire Rescue arrived at the scene, they had to use bolt cutters and a hacksaw to free the man from the cuffs after hours of multiple attempts using different types of handcuff keys failed.
The man told police he had jumped out of a dark-colored sport utility vehicle after two police impersonators handcuffed him and took him for a ride. He said it all started shortly after he returned home from dropping off his kids at school.
He had just arrived at his home, on 43rd Lane near Southwest 152nd Avenue, when he was allegedly confronted by three males wearing dark-colored shirts with the words "Police" written on them. He said the men, who he said wore police badges, then handcuffed him and took him for a ride before he was able to escape and jump out of the SUV near the Okeechobee Road on-ramp, on 826.
Neighbors are surprised after hearing of the ordeal, saying, though the community they live in is not gated, there is a strong security presence that patrols the area. "Imagine if you're at your house, somebody comes, knocks on the door dressed as a cop?" Marta Frascarelli said. "I mean, you're supposed to trust them."
"In this day and age, we have to always look at it in a scant eye," Sica said. "You have to second guess, and now, if we find out that these are truly impostors who are trying to kidnap or trying to do home invasions, it's extremely important. It becomes a safety issue."
The suspects are believed to be in a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Chevy Tahoe or a Suburban model SUV.
Police continue to investigate.
If you have any information on this alleged kidnapping, 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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