2 homicide suspects in custody after police chase through Miami-Dade County
Men are wanted on murder charges in New York, police say
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Two homicide suspects are in custody after they led police on a high-speed chase Monday in a white BMW in Miami-Dade County, authorities said.
Miami-Dade police said the suspects -- Brandon Lee and Krishon Hedge, both 23 -- are wanted in New York and its homicide task force was doing surveillance on them as they were in South Florida.
Police said the chase started in Miami Beach. At one point, the BMW sped down Alton Road going the wrong way. Later, the BMW narrowly missed colliding with a rider on a scooter.
Sky 10 was above the westbound lanes of the MacArthur Causeway around 5 p.m. as the car was heading into the city of Miami.
Police said Hedge then sped onto Interstate 95 and headed onto the Dolphin Expressway, driving west toward Miami International Airport.
Authorities eventually took Hedge and Lee into custody in the area of Northwest 20th Street and 27th Avenue. Multiple agencies assisted in the arrest.
According to U.S. Marshals spokesman Manny Puri, the men were wanted in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Jaquan Campbell in Queens, New York, that occurred earlier this month. Police in New York said Campbell was killed after a dispute at a strip club.
Puri said U.S. Marshals were notified that the men were in South Florida, and they were soon spotted in Miami Beach. Puri said units called for backup and a chase ensued.
Two other men in the BMW were not involved in the homicide and were let go by authorities, Puri said.
Authorities said Hedge and Lee are known high-level members of a drug organization.
Lee is currently on parole in New York, while Hedge is on probation in Florida.
Investigators also believe Hedge and Lee were involved in a hit-and-run crash caught on video two weeks ago in Miami.
A Lamborghini was seen slamming into the back of a pick-up truck.
But the driver and passenger didn't stick around. They hopped into a friend's Mercedes-Benz and peeled away, leaving behind the crumpled high-end sports car.
The other driver -- an off-duty Miami Beach firefighter -- was not injured.
Lee and Hedge are both being held without bond. Lee is contesting his extradition to New York and could be held in Miami at least for 60 days pending another hearing on the matter.
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