Shooting victim's estate seeks damages from West Boynton store owner Bakery owner, 70, was shot during chase of suspects
By Missy Diaz | South Florida Sun-Sentinel May 8, 2008
The estate of a 70-year-old man killed in the aftermath of an armed robbery of a grocery store has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the store, its manager and the five men charged in the crime.
Samuel Salomon and his wife were driving home from buying Hanukkah cards on Nov. 30 when they drove into the path of the alleged robbers, who were being pursued by Sian Kiat Koh, a manager at the Three Amigos grocery store west of Boynton Beach.
A short time earlier, police said the suspects — Roger Rodriguez, Victor Diaz, Luis Reyes, George Dotal and Nelson Urbina — had forced customers to the ground at the West Boynton Beach Boulevard store with a handgun and an Uzi before speeding off in a rented Dodge Charger with more than $42,000.
Koh jumped in his Mercedes and followed the Charger onto Florida's Turnpike while calling 911.
Once the suspects realized they were being followed, they pulled off at Atlantic Avenue, made a U-turn and fired, hitting Salomon. He died later at Delray Medical Center.
The lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of Three Amigos and by Koh for engaging in a high-speed chase rather than allowing law enforcement to catch the suspected robbers.
The suit is seeking a jury trial and damages in excess of $15,000, the threshold necessary to have the case heard in Circuit Court.
A retired baker from New York, Salomon, and his wife of 49 years, Yvonne, moved to South Florida about three years ago and operated Salomon's Bake Shop, a kosher bakery in Boca Raton.
The shop closed last year. Salomon attended services at Chabad Lubavitch of Delray Beach on a daily basis.
The Miami attorney representing the estate, John Leighton, said the Salomon case is simple.
"It's never acceptable to put people in danger in order to recover money," Leighton said. "The recovery of property is never worth putting innocent lives at risk."
Representatives of Three Amigos could be reached for comment Wednesday despite an attempt speak to them by telephone.
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