A frenzied attempt to escape by three burglary suspects ended Friday when Coral Gables police scrambled into a canal to capture them.
The chase began when police received a report of a burglary in the 500 block of Loretto Avenue about 11:20 a.m. Friday, police said. A responding officer spotted a speeding car and turned to follow it west on Bird Road. As she turned, the car collided with two other cars at Granada Boulevard and Bird Road, injuring one of the drivers. While the officer helped the injured driver, she radioed other officers with a description of the suspects.
The suspects dashed out of the car and jumped into the nearby Gables Waterway. Officers ran after them, catching one in the water and a second as he scrambled up the bank and tried to flee through the Biltmore Golf Course. A third suspect was found hiding in bushes by a police dog.
The injured driver, whose name was not available, was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The driver’s condition was not available.
The suspects, Kareem Jermain Brown, 22; Kristopher K. Wooten, 19; and Davondrea Tavarres Wilcher, 24; were charged with three burglaries, including the house on Loretto and another break-in in the 300 block of Manor Place earlier Friday. The three allegedly broke into a third house in the 6100 block of Riviera Drive on Nov. 5. A surveillance video shows three men enter the house, then try to fend off two dogs with an ADT security sign.
Police, who have been investigating a string of high-profile burglaries in the city, believe the suspects may be connected to other break-ins. All three men live in Fort Lauderdale.