Coral Gables Armed Robbery and Police Chase, 4 Dead
Just after 4 p.m. on December 5, two armed robbers attempted a holdup at Regent Jewelers in Coral Gables, Florida. The store owner returned fire, so the robbers fled. One woman was injured during the exchange of gunfire. Then they hijacked a UPS truck and led police on a high speed chase. The chase ended in Miramar with the UPS driver, both suspects, and a bystander dead.
Multiple fatalities after multi-county South Florida police pursuit ends in gunfire on Miramar Parkway following armed robbery, UPS truck carjacking in Coral Gables (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO) https://t.co/uGkRqehSJx pic.twitter.com/989PFrk1JZ
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) December 5, 2019
The thieves reportedly targeted diamonds at the Regent Jewelry store, according to CBS Miami. The store set off the silent alarm.
“Officers responded within a minute and half. Within that minute and half the subjects exchanged gunfire with the proprietor who also fired back.” Police Chief Ed Hudak
The thieves fled and ditched their getaway vehicle, a U-Haul van, and hijacked a UPS truck moments later. They held the driver, Frank Ordonez as a hostage. He had taken the shift for another driver, but was ultimately killed.
27-year-old UPS driver Frank Ordonez has been identified by his family and friends as the victim killed in a police shootout after his truck was hijacked in Coral Gables, Florida. 2 robbery suspects who led police on a chase and a bystander also died https://t.co/g0pf7xJ1NK pic.twitter.com/owvR8N986V
— Tom Cleary (@tomwcleary) December 6, 2019
About an hour and 23 miles later, the chase ended in West Miramar at a busy intersection, where the suspects and police engaged in a shootout.
Authorities began a pursuit of the UPS truck, which sped up Interstate 75 into Broward County.
After exiting I-75, the truck made its way through Pembroke Pines and Miramar with dozens of officers in pursuit. Officials said the suspects fired at officers while trying to evade authorities.
When the truck stopped in traffic at a light near Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road, the suspects opened fire on officers, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspects, George Piro of the FBI said in a news conference Thursday night.
The suspects were identified as Lamar Alexander, 41, and Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41 from Dade county.
Featured photo: screenshot of UPS truck via Twitter