Suspect killed as police investigate kidnapping
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A woman has died following a police-involved shooting that began as an investigation into a kidnapping for ransom.
Police locked down the Cocowalk Trailer Park, at 220 NE 12th Ave., where the confrontation took place, Thursday morning. By late in the afternoon, police still had the neighborhood locked down, not allowing anyone inside and only letting out residents who needed to go to work.
Police ended up there while following a tip about the abduction of two teenagers, one 19 and another 17 years old. Late Wednesday, a family went to Miami-Dade Police to report the kidnappings. "The investigation started yesterday and went through the entire night," said Miami-Dade Police Lt. Rosanna Cordero-Stutz.
Police said the kidnappers wanted $250,000, but would not release further details. "A quarter of a million dollars ransom," said one man. "I'm like, wow. Out here in Homestead, you're lucky to get five dollars."
During their investigation, police went to check out the address at the trailer park and found the two missing teens inside one of the homes. "We were able to come to this location here and, in fact, find the two victims that had been abducted," said Cordero-Stutz.
Police said, a woman with a gun threatened police once they made their way inside the trailer home where the teens were found. "When the officers approached and entered the residence, there was a confrontation," said Cordero-Stutz, "and one subject was killed on the scene. That subject was a white female. She was armed with a gun."
Dalia Chinchilla lives nearby. "I just know a house got broken into," she said. "I know shots were heard after investigating that break-in."
Police found the 17-year-old badly beaten and said he was tortured. That teen has been hospitalized. Police have the other teen in their care and is being questioned.
Police have taken five other people found in the trailer park into custody, as the investigation continues and the neighborhood remains locked down. Police have not named the suspect shot to death or those in custody.
Though police have those five people in custody, they do think there are others who might have information on this case. If you have any information on this abduction, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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