After tying up rush-hour traffic in Miami Beach on Tuesday night, Miami Beach police identified three armed carjacking suspects on Wednesday morning.
The three are 17-year-old Joseph Torres and 18-year-olds Juan Mena and Austin Fernandez. They each have been charged with armed carjacking.
Police said they pointed a gun at a man sitting in his 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, at about 1:15 p.m. in the 300 block of 72nd Street, and robbed him of his watch, phone and car.
Police located them driving the car on the Venetian Causeway.
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The causeway was closed at about 5:45 p.m. after the trio bailed out of the car and ran onto Di Lido Island, a residential area along the causeway.
Officers searched the area and eventually arrested the three after 8 p.m. Tuesday,
Mena and Fernandez are also facing charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and robbery with a deadly weapon. The unidentified victim wasn’t injured, police said.