Miami-Dade County

August 31, 2012

Miami-Dade police chase suspect charged one week after confrontation

A suspected burglar — shot and wounded by police last week after a harrowing televised police chase on the Palmetto Expressway — was charged Friday with a slew of felonies, Miami-Dade court records show.

A suspected burglar — shot and wounded by police last week after a harrowing televised police chase on the Palmetto Expressway — was charged Friday with a slew of felonies, Miami-Dade court records show.

Stephen Arnoux, 28, is facing several counts of burglary to an unoccupied dwelling and conspiracy to commit armed burglary.

For allegedly trying to strike officers with his SUV on Aug. 24, Arnoux was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, as well as fleeing and eluding for the car chase.

Arnoux was wounded by police gunfire and is still hospitalized.

Miami-Dade police said the chase started that afternoon when officers confronted the suspected burglars in Kendall. Arnoux, the driver, and three others escaped in a Mercedes Benz SUV, which allegedly tried to ram a police car.

A high-speed chase ensued through Opa-Locka and Miami Gardens.

During the pursuit, the suspects attempted to toss a handgun out of the window of the SUV, according to Miami-Dade police. The chase ended at Northwest 167th Street, west of 27th Avenue.

A detective wedged the suspects’ vehicle against the fence with his cruiser, as several other officers surrounded the car. Police fired shots as Arnoux leaped up onto a brush-covered embankment, news footage showed.

Another person was wounded by gunfire, but only Arnoux has been charged.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer held him without bond Friday. Another hearing is set for Tuesday in front of Judge Antonio Arzola.

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