The incident happened about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Florida Turnpike and U.S. 1 in south Miami-Dade County.
According to investigators, Randall Carlson, 58, from Fairbanks, Alaska —who is legally blind — and Patricia Gerondakis, 53, from Jackson, Wyoming were in their rental car trying to find their hotel when they were assisted by a man known only as Leon.
Police say Leon got in their rental car and helped them locate the hotel along the 10700 block of Caribbean Boulevard and helped them carry luggage to their room.
Later, police say, Leon and two accomplices returned to the hotel and knocked on the couple’s door — identifying themselves as hotel security.
The three men then forced their way inside, tied up Carlson and Gerondakis and took cash, cell phones and other personal property before fleeing in their rental car, according to police.
The rental car is identified as a black 2008 4-door Ford Focus with the tag K222RD.
No one was hurt during the incident, but Gerondakis was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation.
The couple told police they were at the hotel after visiting the Florida Keys.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).
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