Shots Fired as Robbers Steal Miami Heat Player's Rolex: Cops

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013  |  Updated 2:05 PM EDT
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Miami Heat Player Roger Mason Jr. and his sister were robbed at a restaurant but the items were recovered after a police chase that ended with two suspects caught.

Miami Heat Player Roger Mason Jr. and his sister were robbed at a restaurant but the items were recovered after a police chase that ended with two suspects caught.

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Miami Heat player Roger Mason Jr. and his sister were robbed at a Biscayne Boulevard restaurant Sunday night, but police said they recovered the NBA guard’s Rolex after a chase ended with the arrest of two suspects on Monday.

Mason and his sister (whose purse was stolen) were two of several victims of the armed robbery at Ni.Do. Caffe, an Italian mozzarella bar at 7295 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Police spokeswoman Frederica Burden said.

Shots were fired either inside or outside the restaurant but no one was hit, and the four suspects fled the scene, Burden said.

Police were on the lookout for a black or blue Escalade, and on Monday police received a tip that the car was at a hotel at Northeast 7th Avenue and 35th Street. Investigators found the Escalade there and kept an eye on it, and at about 4:30 p.m. two suspects got into the car at the hotel and police attempted to stop it, Burden said.

But the suspects took off, leading to a chase that ended at Northeast 18th Avenue and 148th Street where the Escalade rammed a police officer’s vehicle, Burden said. The officer was not hurt.

One of the suspects had minor injuries and was treated on the scene before being taken to a hospital, and both suspects were arrested, Burden said.

Rashaud Stroud, 32, and Steven Dawson, 30, are both charged with armed robbery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, police said. Dawson (below right) is also charged with possession of stolen property.

According to an arrest report, Stroud admitted to the robbery after his arrest.

Police recovered Mason’s watch and his sister’s purse. Two suspects remain at large, Burden said.

Mason, a 10-year NBA veteran, is in his first season with the Heat. He is averaging 3 points and 1 assist per game this season.

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