Miami Beach police searching for teen’s killer

Less than 12 hours after Robert Lakatos was killed during an apparent armed robbery on the North Beach beachwalk, his large family gathered Friday morning at the Miami Beach police station and pleaded for help in finding the 16-year-old’s killer.

“On Good Friday. I can’t believe it,” said Lakatos’ grandmother, Elizabeth Banyiae. “Pray for us. Pray for us.”

Lakatos was on the Miami Beach beachwalk near 79th Street at Collins just before midnight Thursday when he was shot to death, according to Detective Vivian Hernandez, a police spokeswoman.

Hernandez said officers swarmed the area but were unable to find the shooter, who police say is between ages 16 and 20. He is described as white, six-feet tall, 170 pounds and was shirtless and possibly wearing a black backpack at the time of the shooting.

Hernandez said the shooter has a marijuana leaf tattooed on his chest.

Police say Lakatos, who had just moved to the North Beach area from Virginia with his parents and seven siblings, had company when he was killed. Investigators are interviewing witnesses and have several leads.

Hernandez urged anyone with information about Lakatos’ killing to come forward.

“Any little piece of information can make the case break overnight,” she said.

Anyone with information can call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.