Florida police say a violent robbery caught on video in front of a nail salon had been plotted by the mother of the suspect for over a month.
Yunet Sanchez is the owner of Champagne Nails in Hialeah, but she also sells jewelry at the store. On Sept. 16, she was leaving the business with a suitcase full of gold jewelry when she was violently robbed.
The robbery was caught on surveillance video.
The video shows a man wearing all black clothing and a facemask run up to Sanchez and grab the handle of the suitcase. When Sanchez refused to let go, he pistol whipped her several times and reportedly shot at least once in the air.
The man was able to get away with the woman’s suitcase after climbing back into a white SUV before he and the driver sped off.
Police said the suitcase had about 1,300 pieces of jewelry that were worth about $800,000.
In October, police arrested 24-year-old Julian Flores and his mother 55-year-old Lourdes Diaz. The arrest report said that Sanchez identified Diaz as a frequent customer who would inquire about the jewelry but never buy anything.
Detectives said that Flores had posted an image to his Instagram account showing himself holding a gun and wearing a distinctive ring that had been stolen during the robbery.
The report also said that when Diaz was pulled over by police, she had gold necklaces consistent with those stolen at the robbery.
The victim suffered several injuries, which she showed to WTVJ-TV.
“When he fired the gun, I was terrified,” Sanchez said. “I thought to myself, ‘he’s going to kill me.’”
Flores and Diaz are being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. They are each facing one count of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Here’s the video of the robbery:
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