MIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) - A search for three men who fled from police led to a massive manhunt in Miami Shores that ended with two of the subjects in custody, Tuesday.
Miami Shores Police officers set up a perimeter in an area after they received a call about suspicious people in a vehicle.
According to reports, three men had been seen breaking into parked vehicles near the Bank of America, located in the area of 94th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, Tuesday morning. Police however, did not confirm these reports.
Responding officers located the subjects’ vehicle, and they fled from police. Investigators said the vehicle crashed, and the subjects bailed out in different directions.
One of them was spotted running across Biscayne Boulevard to the parking lot of St. Martha’s Church, located at 9301 Biscayne Blvd.
According to a representative from the Archdiocese of Miami, they were informed about the search just before 11 a.m. The representative said police took one subject into custody on church property.
K-9 units went door to door and searched backyards as they tried to track down the men.
Neighbors told 7News they saw a man being taken away in handcuffs. Police later confirmed they had apprehended two of the subjects and had recovered their vehicle.
Officers shut down several streets for hours while residents tried to make sense of the chaos.
Area resident Katherine Vera said she initially wasn’t even able to go home. “It’s interesting because when I went to pick up my kids and was coming home, a police officer said, ‘Just don’t come in quite yet because we’re doing a surveillance of your house and the house across the street. The cops might actually be in your yard looking for the guys, so come back in 15 minutes,'” she said.
Vera, however, was pressed for time. “[I told the officer], ‘Man, I gotta catch a flight,’ but yeah, I came back in five minutes, and they said, ‘Go ahead, go on in.'”
Helicopters and Miami Shores Police marked vehicles were seen patrolling the area. They left the area just before 4 p.m.
The third subject remains at large. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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