MIAMI, FL – The Miami-Dade Police Department, Robbery Bureau along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Miami Task Force has arrested a woman believed to be responsible for a series of armed robberies at three south Miami-Dade supermarkets and a gas station.
According to investigators, in all cases, Ericka Tecora Long, 28, of Florida City, Florida, approached the cash-register clerk and displayed a smart phone with a typed messages stating, “This is a robbery. Put all the money from the register inside a bag. Don’t call the manager or the police. I have a gun.” Subsequently, the clerks complied and relinquished any money that was in the register as instructed. Long then fled on foot. In two of the incidents, Long also demanded money from a safe and brandished a firearm saying “This is not a joke.” No one was injured in any of the incidents. Over $9,000 was stolen in the four robberies.
Below lists are the dates, times and locations of the robberies:
- Monday, September 30, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Publix Supermarket, located at 9510 SW 160th Street, Miami, Florida
- Friday, October 11, 2019, at approximately 7:13 p.m., Publix Supermarket, located at 13735 SW 152th Street, Miami, Florida
- Sunday, October 20, 2019, at approximately 12:42 p.m., Publix Supermarket, located at 11750 SW 104th Street, Miami, Florida
- Sunday, November 17, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Mobil Gas Station, located at 24791 Krome Avenue, Miami, Florida.
- Sunday, November 17, 2019, at approximately 8:47 p.m., Publix Supermarket, located at 9041 SW 107th Avenue, Miami, Florida
The incidents were captured on video surveillance. After law enforcement officers located the vehicle used in one the robberies a surveillance operation was conducted leading to someone who had rented the vehicle to Long, who was outfitted with an ankle monitor due to a prior charge. Law enforcement reviewed the devices location records, which revealed that the ankle monitor was in-fact in the vicinity of the robberies and showed a photo line-up containing Long’s photograph to victims who positively identified her.
On November 19, 2019, law enforcement arrested Long at her residence by Miami Dade Police and FBI Task Force officers. After being read her Miranda rights, she waived those rights and agreed to speak to law enforcement. In her statement, she admitted she was the one who committed the robberies.
On November 26, federal authorities announced her arrest. She is being charged in a federal indictment under the “Hobbs Act” for robberies and/or extortion and for charges related to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
The Hobbs Act criminalizes robbery and extortion in the presence of another, against his or her will, and induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear while in any way or degree obstructing commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce.
Charges are accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.