5 convicted in connection with Brinks guard death

Alvaro Lopez Ramos shot, killed at Calder Casino


MIAMI – Five people have been convicted in connection with the shooting death of a Brinks guard at Calder Casino and Race Course, officials said Wednesday.

Vladimir Louissant, 26, of Miami Gardens, Reginald Mitchell, 28, of Miami Gardens, and Uri Ammar, 27, of Hollywood, face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Victoria Barkley, 27, of Miami Gardens, and Byron Kyler, 24, of Miami, face up to 20 years in prison.

Ammar was convicted after trial on October 15, 2012. Louissant, Mitchell, Barkley and Kyler all pled guilty prior to trial.

According to the prosecutors, evidence presented at trial showed that Mitchell and Ammar conspired to rob a Brinks guard as he made a scheduled pick-up at Calder on August 21, 2011. Mitchell and Ammar both worked security at Calder, where Ammar was a Security Shift Manager. Prosecutors said Mitchell recruited co-defendants Louissant, Barkley and Kyler. On the day of the murder, Mitchell drove Louissant to Calder in Kyler's truck, which Kyler had falsely reported stolen, authorities said.

According to the evidence gathered by the FBI, Ammar escorted the Brinks guard through the Calder facility and led him to an open area, where Louissant was waiting. When the guard exited the glass doors, he was ambushed, investigators said.

When the guard drew his weapon, Louissant shot the guard and the two exchanged gunfire before Louissant grabbed the Brinks money bag and fled to Kyler's truck, investigators said. 

Prosecutors said evidence showed they abandoned the truck and were driven away from the scene by Barkley in another vehicle.

The guard, Alvaro Lopez Ramos, 26, of Florida City, was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died.

In October of 2011, the victim's brother told Local 10 that Ramos was a soldier, a member of the U.S. Army and the National Guard.