Suspected armed robber arrested after chase, crash
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities have apprehended a subject who led police on a chase through a South Florida neighborhood and crashed into a fence in front of a home.
Antoine Bacquie faces charges of armed robbery and resisting arrest. He was captured after a chase that began in the area of 154th Street and Interstate 75, when police tried to pull him over but fled.
It all began at around 10 a.m. Thursday, when police received a report of an armed robbery in the area of 2125 West 52 St. in Hialeah. Danis De La Cruz was standing outside an apartment complex was held at gunpoint and robbed of his jewelry. "I called 911," De La Cruz said.
He gave police a thorough description. Hialeah Police Lt. Carl Zogby said, "It all started as an armed robbery in Hialeah. A man waiting outside his apartment building calls 911 stating that he has just been robbed at gunpoint, gives a description of the vehicle, the getaway vehicle with the one suspect, and gives the tag."
Police later spotted a burgundy Passat matching the description of the robber's getaway car on the Palmetto Expressway. "Minutes later," Zogby said, "a Hialeah Police officer picks up on this vehicle on the Palmetto Expressway, starts to pursue and several units join in on the pursuit."
The subject refused to stop and got off an exit in Miami Gardens. He tried to elude police for about 10 minutes before police cornered him. One cruiser struck the Passat using the Pit maneuver, that spun the vehicle into a fence in front of a home on Northwest 32nd Avenue and 179th Street.
Another cruiser struck the Passat again, and the subject sprung from his vehicle and surrendered to police almost immediately. Police had guns drawn on him, as soon as he got off the floor. They then took him into custody without incident.
During the chase on the Palmetto, one Hialeah police K-9 officer was involved in a minor crash that resulted in minor injuries for him and his K-9 partner, Bill, who was taken to Hollywood Animal Hospital. "He was stable when he was taken to us," said Dr. Nicole Patterson, a veterinarian at the hospital. "Luckily he only has some superficial cuts and bruises. We did X-rays and his X-rays were all clear."
Police did recover the jewelry and it is back with its rightful owner.
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