Miami-Dade police foiled a kidnapping on Thursday morning by fatally shooting one woman and arresting five men at a trailer park in Homestead.
The family of two teens, a 17 and a 19 year old, told police their sons had been kidnapped and were being ransomed for $250,000.
The police investigation led detectives to the 200 block of Northeast 12th Avenue at the Coco Walk Trailer Park in Homestead about 8 a.m., where a special unit specially trained in ransom kidnappings raided the kidnappers' hideout, said investigators.
One armed woman was shot and killed and five men were arrested, said police.
"Once the detectives entered the residence, they came in contact with multiple subjects. There was a confrontation and a shooting," said Miami-Dade Police Lt. Rosanna Cordero-Studz. "There is a deceased female on the scene who was armed. She was shot and killed by officers. We were fortunate enough to locate these people who were kidnapped. They had been beaten."
"When I was leaving to drop off my daughter at daycare, then I saw all these cops and a bloodied guy with a bandage around his head and blood all over his shirt," said Dalia Chinchilla.
The teens were taken to Homestead Hospital. Police said the 17-year-old was severely beaten, but the teens have non-life threatening injuries.
Residents of the Coco Walk Park where the kidnappers had their hideout were stunned.
"I am surprised for this area here, this park, this is such a good park. The people here are so friendly and so nice and I would never imagine anything like that happening," said Larry Cook.
The neighborhood was put on lockdown as police investigated and gathered evidence but at least one neighbor said she didn't recognize the five men taken into custody.
"I am always around and I have never seen these people. Even the other people they took away," said Chinchilla.
No officers were injured.