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Teens suspected of violent carjacking and Miami Beach crime spree taken into custody


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A trio of teens are suspected of beating another Miami Gardens teenager who was visiting a friend before sunrise Thursday, then stealing his SUV and going on a crime spree on Miami Beach, police said.

The injured teen, who hasn’t been named, was taken to a local hospital by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Police said he’s in serious condition. The three teens suspected of the carjacking and another friend were taken into custody Friday morning after Miami Beach police trapped the stolen vehicle on the Venetian Causeway.

“Now we’re looking into the possibility that the same vehicle and suspects were responsible for two earlier robberies on Miami Beach,” said Beach Police Spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said no one was injured in the Miami Beach robberies. He wouldn’t go into detail about the crimes. Miami Gardens Police Spokesman Carlos Austin said the three teens taken into custody by Miami Beach police all live in Miami. It wasn’t immediately clear if a fourth teen apprehended by Miami Beach police was at the initial carjacking scene in Miami Gardens.

By late morning Friday police had not named the suspects or announced any charges.

According to police it was just after 5 a.m. Thursday when the teen who was carjacked got to his friend’s home in the 19100 block of Northwest 36th Avenue. That’s when three other teens attacked him and stole his 2013 Nissan Rogue.

As Beach cops were investigating a string of robberies Friday morning that involved what appeared to be the same vehicle, they saw the Nissan SUV and tried to stop it, police said. They chased it for a while before trapping the four teens in the vehicle on the Venetian Causeway between Biscayne and San Marco islands.

Rodriguez said three of the teens were taken into custody on the spot. A fourth tried to get away but was taken into custody not far away when he couldn’t break through a police perimeter.

Beach police were forced to close the causeway during the chase at about 6:30 a.m. It remained closed for much of the morning rush hour and re-opened just before 8:30 a.m.

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