SWAT officers respond as robbery suspects barricade themselves in North Lauderdale homes

NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - SWAT officers were in North Lauderdale after two armed robbery suspects barricaded themselves in two homes, Wednesday morning.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene, located along Kimberly Boulevard and 441, before 8:30 a.m.

According to BSO, four males fled the scene of an overnight Farm Store robbery, where a six-pack of beer was stolen. The men bailed out in the area of Kimberly Boulevard and 441. Two suspects were apprehended, but two others ran into two area homes.

One home was vacant, but the other was occupied. SWAT officers helped the residents of the occupied home get out safely. The third suspect was apprehended in the vacant home. Officials negotiated with the third suspect for hours until he eventually came outside.

However, the fourth suspect remained inside the second house, and eventually escaped.

One resident, Windell Everett, described the scary scene. “Me and my niece was sleeping,” he said. “All I hear is boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Then, we looked, and there was police everywhere with guns and assault rifles. They said they were looking for somebody. Three armed men that robbed somebody.”

Police cleared the area around 11:30 a.m., and residents have been allowed back into the area.

Police have confirmed the fourth suspect is the gunman and on the run.

If you have any information on this last suspect’s whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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