Five people — including one minor — were arrested after police say the group threatened two people in a Hampton Inn over an overdue debt.
The incident started before 4 p.m. when police received a 911 call reporting “that there was a vehicle with juveniles, in possession of a firearm, at a Mobil gas station in west Miramar,” according to police.
Then came a 911 call from the Hampton Inn & Suites, 10990 Marks Way, Miramar, reporting that five people had barged into the hotel lobby, demanding a key to a certain room. When the front desk didn’t comply, they ran upstairs and started banging on the doors.
Miramar police said the group showed up at the hotel to collect an overdue debt from two minors staying at the hotel. When the group first arrived, they convinced one of two victims — a young woman — to their car, police said. They threatened her with an assault rifle, chased her into the hotel and tried to grab her. She escaped and ran to the room to warn the other victim — a young man.
Police said the group tried to enter the hotel room and waved guns around. Inside, the young man called 911. Police caught all five when they left the hotel and found a gun in the bushes, a BB gun on one of the suspects and the assault rifle inside the car.
Miramar police arrested five people: Nailah Grace, 19; Jabari Shelley, 20; Richard Williams Jr., 20; Hasani Shelley, 21 and an unidentified minor. All were charged with kidnapping and armed robbery.
News helicopters showed officers surrounding the hotel. Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reported that nearly two dozen officers responded to the hotel and the hotel was evacuated.