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When they started banging on hotel doors looking for someone, police were called

Person detained after hotel incident in Miramar

A person is detained after police said a group entered, of possible minors, entered a Miramar hotel and started banging on doors on Feb. 2, 2017.
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A person is detained after police said a group entered, of possible minors, entered a Miramar hotel and started banging on doors on Feb. 2, 2017.

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. 

Five people — who may be minors — were in custody Thursday afternoon, after police say the group went into a Miramar Hampton Inn asking for a key to a specific room. When the front desk didn’t give the key to them, they began banging on doors.

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.

Five people were detained after police said a group entered, of possible minors, a Miramar hotel and started banging on doors on Feb. 2, 2017.

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.

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