NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities have identified and arrested the four individuals involved in a chaotic chain of events that unfolded Thursday, starting with a department store theft and ending up in a high-speed police chase featuring a U-Haul van stolen out of Broward County.

On Friday, police identified the suspects involved as Norbert Baugh, 33, Shuneka Gordon, 38, Jermaal Stennett, 36, and the driver of the vehicle James Bindon, 33. According to police, All suspects reside in Broward County.

Gordon is facing charges of retail theft with a prior conviction. Stennett and Baugh are facing charges of retail theft greater than $750.

Stolen merchandise recovered by police
(Courtesy Homestead Police Department)

The pursuit, initiated by Miami-Dade Police officers and Florida Highway Patrol troopers, followed the van northbound on the Florida Turnpike near 112th Avenue.

The incident began when Homestead Police requested assistance following an alleged assault on one of their officers outside Kohl’s at 2455 NE 10th Court.

Homestead Police Capt. Fernando Morales stated that the subjects emerged from the store with carts full of stolen merchandise and attempted to evade capture, ramming a police car in the process. On Friday, Homestead Police said that the property stolen is worth approximately $2500, along with two Kohls shopping carts that were used to transport the stolen merchandise to the van.

The pursuit, reaching speeds of over 80 mph, resulted in a collision with another vehicle, but the driver appeared unharmed.

After three PIT maneuvers near Northwest 106th Street, the van was stopped.

“Every trooper has to go through a 40 hour course and get certified to be able to conduct a PIT maneuver,” said FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez.

Sanchez detailed how troopers prepare for this kind of scenario.

“The most important thing is safety,” he said. “You have to be able to do it in certain conditions where you do not put the public in harm’s way.”

During the arrest, one individual attempted to jump over a barrier wall, prompting officers to intervene and prevent a potential fall from the overpass.

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