BSO deputy carjacked by police impersonators
MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- The search is on for the armed carjackers who robbed an off-duty Broward Sheriff's Office detention deputy of his personal vehicle on the Florida Turnpike.
BSO deputies are now looking for three subjects who posed as police and pulled over 32-year-old Arthur Reeves, a BSO detention deputy, early Friday morning.
The deputy was driving northbound in a 2011 black Chevrolet Suburban when a 2007 red Volvo pulled up behind him with flashing lights. He pulled over and two men forced him out of his SUV at gunpoint. Police later discovered that the 2007 red Volvo was stolen.
BSO spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright explained, "He basically thought that this was a routine traffic stop, so naturally he pulled over, and that's when two armed suspects got out of a red Volvo, approached his vehicle, ordered him out of the Suburban, ordered him on to the ground, and they fled with his SUV as well as another driver, another suspect, who was in the red Volvo."
The police impersonators left the detention officer stranded on the Turnpike but unharmed.
Police are looking into whether these are the same carjackers responsible for a similar crime in Miami Gardens, earlier in the night.
The Sheriff's Office is now issuing this warning: "If you see the red and blue lights flashing behind you," said Veda Coleman-Wright, "and you know that you have not violated any traffic laws, the best thing to try to do is to get to a well-lit area, and if you have your cell phone with you, dial 911."
Police are now looking for the stolen SUV with a Florida tag of ATL-J72. They are also still looking for that stolen red Volvo.
If you have any information on this carjacking, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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