Hialeah

A chase involving a stolen car ends in 4 arrests and 1 shot suspect — all teens

Amos Leclerc, the suspect for whom police searched a Miami Lakes neighborhood all morning
Amos Leclerc, the suspect for whom police searched a Miami Lakes neighborhood all morning

A predawn car chase from Hialeah into Miami Lakes ended with one teenager shot and three others in custody of Hialeah police.

Daniel Placide, 18, was the oldest of the four and the one who was shot. Hialeah police say he was treated at Jackson Medical Hospital and released.

Placide and the three others — Jorah Brooks, 17, Amos Leclerc, 17, and Jason Jose Lopez, 16 — were arrested on a charge of fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest, Hialeah police said. Miami-Dade plans to charge them for an early-morning Tuesday armed robbery in a CVS parking lot and a Jan. 2 armed carjacking, police said.

Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby said a patrol officer tried to stop a car after discovering it had been stolen in a Miami-Dade carjacking last week. The car’s occupants led police on a chase that ended in Miami Lakes, where the pursued car crashed. All four suspects emerged from the car. Placide was shot, Brooks and Lopez were caught. Leclerc got away — for the moment.

The search for Leclerc in a Miami Lakes residential neighborhood froze that part of Northwest Dade until late Tuesday morning. Residents inside a perimeter framed by Northwest 154th and 152nd streets and 87th to 89th avenues couldn’t head for work or school. A nearby school, Bob Graham Education Center at 15901 NW 79th Ave., was put on lockdown.

While the search for Leclerc commenced, Zogby said, police found three guns and evidence of stolen merchandise in the car. Hialeah and Miami-Dade police captured Leclerc after 11 a.m.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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