Hialeah police shoot robbery suspect before making arrest

Hialeah police opened fire on an armed robbery suspect before arresting him Friday night as he attempted to enter a store one day after a failed robbery.

An officer fired at Yaico Valdes-Guzman, 40, before arresting him at a Farm Store at 605 W. 29th St. Police said they were able to locate Valdes-Guzman, who had pulled a knife, because of previous robbery attempts at Farm Store locations across the city.

Police also arrested Yohana Acosta, 40, who they allege was the getaway driver for Valdes-Guzman.

At about 8:15 p.m. Thursday, police said, Valdes-Guzman attempted to rob a Farm Store at 7194 W. 12th Ave. with a knife before the store’s employees began to scream and ask for help. Police said Valdes-Guzman then ran out of the store and on to West 72nd Street before getting into a car driven by Acosta.

About two weeks before that he successfully took about $100 from a Farm Store at 4295 E. Fourth Ave. Police said that he also used a knife to threaten an employee in that case before grabbing the money and driving off with Acosta in an older-model Dodge Caravan.

Friday’s arrest came after detectives set up surveillance at various Hialeah Farm Store locations. Valdes-Guzman attempted to hide his face as he walked into the store, police said.