Accused robber opens fire, leads police on chase across MacArthur Causeway

Suspect now in custody, police confirm

By Glenna Milberg - Reporter, Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

MIAMI - Police have arrested a man who they said shot at officers and led them on a chase from Miami Beach across Biscayne Bay to Miami.

Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said officers were called to an armed robbery near Fourth Street and Ocean Drive around 1:30 p.m.

According to Rodriguez, the robber targeted a valet attendant, who was robbed of money at gunpoint.

Rodriguez said the robber then fled the scene in a white Dodge Challenger, which officers spotted near Third Street and Michigan Avenue. 

Rodriguez said the robber shot through his windshield toward an officer and then led police on a chase across the MacArthur Causeway and into the city of Miami.

No one was struck, but at least one bullet struck a parked Porsche SUV, authorities said. 

Rodriguez said the robber bailed out of the vehicle near Seventh Avenue and Northwest 11th Street.

A large police perimeter was set up from Northwest Seventh Court to Northwest Eighth Avenue and Northwest 11th to Northwest 12th streets.

Rodriguez said the suspect was taken into custody within the perimeter nera a shed by a Miami Beach police K9. 

Miami police and Miami-Dade police assisted in the investigation. 

The Culmer Metrorail station was bypassed for hours because of the incident.

A Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman confirmed two schools, Frederick Douglass Elementary School and Booker T. Washington Senior High School were placed on lockdown during the search for the suspect. The lockdowns were lifted at 4 p.m. 

The suspect's identity has not yet been released.  

 

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