Police arrested a man Wednesday, Dec. 28, who they say is a member of an organized crime gang after he robbed a man in West Miami-Dade earlier this month.
According to a police report, 38-year-old Alexandru Eminescu, driving a rental BMW X7, pulled up to a man bicycling on Southwest Eighth Street near 132nd Avenue in the county’s Tamiami neighborhood and asked for “help with some money.” .
Police wrote that another man listed as a co-respondent was in the car with Eminescu, who lives in Spring Hill, north of Tampa.
Local police said that after Eminescu requested cash, the victim offered to help by giving him $20, and he pulled out his wallet and showed more money.
It was then, the investigating officer wrote, that Eminescu “attempted to defraud the victim by selling her counterfeit jewelry.”
“When the victim refused the offer, the co-respondent (front passenger) became agitated, spoke a (foreign) language and put his hand under his shirt as if armed with a firearm,” the report said.
The report does not identify the second person and it is unclear if he has been located or if police know who he is.
For their part, officers said the victim believed the man was armed and would shoot him if he did not comply.
As per official reports, it appears that the victim could not refuse the offer of fake jewellery. Police said that the victim is in danger for her life. Eminescu $200 and at the same time Eminescu gave the victim the fake jewelry.
Investigators wrote that the theft was captured on surveillance cameras at a nearby store and that detectives were able to obtain information about the rental SUV. Then they were able to identify Eminescu.
Police said the victim was able to identify him from a line-up of photographs and, in addition, cell phone records found him at the crime scene.
Investigators wrote that Eminescu, a foreign national, “belongs to a group of roving members” of Romanian descent “involved in organized crime, Which targets several cities in the state of Florida.
In addition, the Police Institute was able to determine that Eminescu had returned to South Florida on Wednesday and members of the MDPD Theft Intervention Division arrested him in Homestead driving a BMW.
Eminescu, who is facing an armed robbery charge, “gave an interesting statement about his involvement in the robbery,” police wrote.
As of now, he is being held without bond at Turner Guilford Night Correctional Center. His final decision is expected in the coming days.
Georgia man robbed of a police car during arrest
In other incidents, a Georgia man was arrested and handcuffed, robbed a police cruiser and evaded officers, according to officials.
Tommy Morgan, 32, robbed a Dade County police car last Friday and is now wanted for hit and run, motor vehicle theft and interference with government property, which are all felony charges.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, while the officer was out of his patrol car Morgan, who initially had her hands tied behind her back, somehow managed to get her hands in front of her and made her way through the partition into the car.
Morgan later hit another soldier with the vehicle as it was backing away. The officers lost sight of the fleeing patrol car before they could give chase.
However, officers found the abandoned vehicle in a ditch about a mile from the scene of the robbery.
Unfortunately, they tracked Morgan for a few miles with the help of a K9, but were unsuccessful in their attempts to locate him.
As of now, the Dade County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Morgan and is asking the community for help in locating the suspect.