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ARMED ROBBERS TAKE HOSTAGES

ONE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY, THREE REMAIN AT-LARGE

BSO Case Number: 12-1403-003028
PIO Number: 14-4-4
Date: March 28, 2014
Time: 11:10 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: La Granja, 3399 N. St. Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes
Jurisdiction: Lauderdale Lakes

Victim(s):

  • La Granja, 3399 N. St. Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes

Suspects:

  • Three unidentified males (VIDEO AVAILABLE)
  • Ralph Estelhomme, 19, male, 9/7/94, 4390 N.W. 36 ST., Lauderdale Lakes (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

A group of four armed men charged employees outside a Lauderdale Lakes restaurant, took them hostage and robbed the safe. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies took one man into custody just hours after the crime. Detectives are searching for the other three unidentified, armed robbers.

Just after 11 p.m. on March 28, three employees of La Granja restaurant in Lauderdale Lakes waited outside in a van as their manager closed up for the night. A group of men approached wearing black clothing. One man held a shotgun, while the other two men held handguns. The armed men forced the victims out of the van and back into the restaurant. They held them hostage, threatened to shoot the victims in the head and demanded the money in the restaurant’s safe. Once they had the money, the three men ran away. A fourth man who had remained outside as a lookout fled with them.

BSO deputies, K-9 units and helicopters responded to the scene. Ralph Estelhomme, who was holding the shotgun during the robbery, was spotted running in the parking lot of a nearby apartment building. He jumped into a canal trying to escape but was taken into custody by deputies waiting for him on the other side.

Estelhomme is a known associate of men with the street names “Juvi” and “Boosi” who may have been in this robbery, as well as a similar robbery at a Lauderdale Lakes Dollar General in March. Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Detective Scott Nida at 954-321-4270 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

** Media Note: Surveillance video is available for download at www.sheriff.org.

INVESTIGATORS: BSO Robbery Det. Scott Nida, CID 
THIS REPORT BY: Gina Carter/PIO 4/4/14 1100

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