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REWARD OFFERED ON LIQUOR STORE ROBBER

BSO Case Number: BS02-11-2639
PIO Number: 02-11-11
Date: November 6, 2002
Place of Occurrence: Caribbean Liquors, 5713 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., unincorporated Broward County

Victim(s):

  • Jonathan Eraso, 22, 7/1/80, 1551 NW 125th Ave., Sunrise, FL

Suspect(s):

  • Unidentified black male, 22-24 years old, appx. 6-feet tall, goes by name Robert (wanted)
  • Russ Harris, 20, 4/16/82, 6140 SW 37th St., #3, Miramar, FL (in custody)
  • Tyrone Lightsey, 35, 9/16/67, 6140 SW 37th St., #1, Miramar, FL (in custody)

Description of Incident:

A Crime Stoppers reward is up for grabs for information leading Broward Sheriff's Office robbery detectives to one of three armed robbers who hit Caribbean Liquors near Pembroke Park in unincorporated Broward County Wednesday evening. The wanted man’s two accomplices are already in the Broward Sheriff's Office Main Jail charged with the crime.

On November 6, 2002 at about 5:30 p.m., 20-year old Russ Harris, 35-year old Tyrone Lightsey, and an unknown man drove to the liquor store at 5713 W. Hallandale Beach Boulevard. While Harris waited in the car, Lightsey, armed with an assault-style rifle, and the third suspect walked into the establishment. Lightsey fired several rounds, causing glass debris to strike and injure an employee, 22-year old Jonathan Eraso of 1551 NW 125th Avenue in Sunrise.

The two thugs took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store’s register, then casually walked out, got into the getaway vehicle, and fled westbound on Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

Eraso was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for his wounds and released.

By 4:00 p.m. the next day, BSO robbery detectives had information leading them to Harris at his Miramar apartment, 6140 SW 37th Street. They interviewed Harris, who admitted to his part in the crime. Two hours later, based on intelligence from BSO detectives, the Hollywood Police Department SWAT Team stormed room 129 of the Kent Motel, 1120 S. Federal Highway in Hollywood and took Lightsey into custody.

On November 7th, when investigators searched Lightsey’s apartment in the same complex where Harris lived, they discovered an assault-style rifle that fires the same caliber ammunition as the weapon used in the liquor store robbery.

Now detectives are asking for help finding the third suspect. He is described as a black male with short-cropped hair, about 6-feet tall, between 20-and 24 years old, and goes by the name Robert. Anyone with information about this suspect should call Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be available for anonymous information.

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. L. Crew, M. Marks, & J. Ventura, CI, Robbery, D-1
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf 11/8/02 12:00 p.m.

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