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ARMED & DANGEROUS ROBBERS BUSTED

BSO Case Number: BS02-11-2639
PIO Number: 02-11-10
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):

  • Russ Harris, 20, 4/16/82, 6140 SW 37th St., #3, Miramar, FL
  • Tyrone Lightsey, 35, 9/16/67, 6140 SW 37th St., #1, Miramar, FL

Description of Incident:

Two dangerous armed robbers are in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Main Jail one day after they came in shooting and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from a liquor store in unincorporated Broward County. BSO Robbery detectives are still tracking a third man wanted in connection with the crime.

At about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2002, 20-year old Russ Harris, 35-year old Tyrone Lightsey, and an unknown accomplice drove up to Caribbean Liquors at 5713 W. Hallandale Beach Boulevard. As Harris waited in the car, Lightsey, of 6140 SW 37th St in Miramar, and the third thug entered the store. Armed with a Ruger Mini-14 rifle holding more than two-dozen rounds of .223 ammunition in the clip, Lightsey fired at least four rounds from the assault-style weapon. The robbers then helped themselves to money from the cash register, ran back to their getaway vehicle, and took off westbound on Hallandale Beach Boulevard. Flying glass debris caused by the rifle shots injured 22-year old Jonathan Eraso, one of the four employees in the store at the time. Eraso, of 1551 NW 125th Avenue in Sunrise, was taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

On Thursday, November 07, 2002, investigators from the BSO Robbery Unit developed information leading them to Harris at his Miramar apartment, 6140 SW 37th Street. When detectives knocked on the door shortly after 4:00 p.m., Harris answered and while being interviewed, admitted to driving the getaway vehicle.

Further investigation revealed that Lightsey might be hiding out at the Kent Motel, 1120 S. Federal Highway in Hollywood. Detectives contacted the Hollywood Police Department and told them that an armed and dangerous man might be holed up in their city. At around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 07, 2002, the Hollywood Police Department SWAT Team stormed room 129 of the Kent Motel and took Lightsey into custody without incident.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Robbery detectives are still seeking the third armed robber. They are asking anyone with information about the Caribbean Liquors armed robbery to call Crime Stoppers at (954)
493-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be available for anonymous information on this case.

Charges against Harris and Lightsey are pending at this time, but will likely include at least one count each of armed robbery.

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. L. Crew, M. Marks, & J. Ventura, CI, Robbery
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf 11/7/02 9:00 p.m.

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