A wild car chase early Wednesday morning that began in Miami Beach and continued over a causeway into Miami left several robbery victims shaken but unharmed, and two men in custody.
Police say a plan hatched by Malcolm Burnett and Brandon Jenkins went awry from the start, when shortly after 3 a.m. they drove a red Kia sport utility vehicle up to a couple on Alton Road and 10th Street and tried to rob them.
Police believe Burnett got out of the car and approached the couple with a gun but was scared off when they started screaming.
So he jumped back into the truck, police said, and with Jenkins driving headed north a few blocks to Lennox Avenue and 14th Street. There, one of the men carrying a weapon, approached another man, police believe, who like the previous couple began yelling and scared away the would-be robbers.
“He also created a scene and starts running,” said Miami Beach Detective Robert Hernandez.
Again, Burnett, 21 and Jenkins, 22, took off in the Kia. By then, however, both victims had called 911, alerting police who were able to set up a perimeter. They soon spotted the Kia crossing the Julia Tuttle Causeway toward the mainland.
Before the men crossed the causeway, Miami and Miami Beach police were waiting for them on Northeast 50th Street and Biscayne Boulevard in the MiMo area. When police tried to stop the car, the pair took off north on the boulevard with police in pursuit.
As the car turned west on 79th Street, Burnett bailed at Northeast Ninth Avenue. “But the car keeps going,” Hernandez said.
Miami Beach police officers on foot soon captured Burnett. Jenkins crashed the Kia into a fence at Northwest 50th Street and 15th Court. He was captured after a brief foot chase.
The whole episode took about 45 minutes.
“Luckily, there were no injuries to anyone,” Hernandez said.
At minimum, Hernandez said, the duo are facing carjacking and robbery charges, but other charges will likely be added. The Kia they were driving was carjacked in Miami-Dade County last week, Hernandez said, and county cops were still interviewing Burnett and Jenkins early Wednesday afternoon.