Robbery suspects face new charges, including attempted murder of law enforcement officer
Attempted murder of law enforcement officer among counts
By Dianna Cahn | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 20, 2008
Boynton Beach police filed fresh charges Monday against three men suspected of holding up a Burger King and then firing shots at police during a high-speed Interstate 95 chase this month.
Reginald Robinson Jr., 20, Christopher Hicks, 18, and Robert Jackson Jr., 19, all of Pompano Beach, were charged Monday with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Those charges follow similar charges filed by the Broward Sheriff's Office after the May 9 arrest, when the car chase ended in Deerfield Beach with an hourslong foot pursuit before the three were apprehended.
The incident began about 8:30 p.m. when three masked men in black walked into a Burger King on Southwest Eighth Street in Boynton Beach.
One pointed a gun at the heads of two managers and demanded money. Another held an employee at gunpoint while they complied, according to the Boynton Beach arrest report.
The fleeing gunmen fired at a car in the parking lot, where police recovered two 9mm Luger casings, the report said.
As they left the scene, Boynton Beach Police Officer Justin Harris spotted the car on Woolbright Road heading to I-95.
The car led Harris and a growing fleet of cruisers on a highway chase reaching 100 mph. One suspect fired about five shots at Harris' car and missed.
But the windshield of a Florida Highway Patrol vehicle that joined the chase was shattered as the car exited in Deerfield Beach, the report said.
There, the suspects' car broke down. They fled on foot, chased by Boynton Beach officers and Broward deputies.
Jackson, who was armed with "an unknown weapon," turned and faced Boynton Beach Sgt. Phil Hawkins, who fired several shots, the report said. Jackson got away but was later found hiding in a shed, shot in the leg.
The two others were in a nearby shed trying to hide the money, the report said. Hicks' identification, a 9mm gun and the dark masks and clothing were found in the car.
The three are at the Broward County Jail. Robinson and Jackson confessed to their roles, the report said. Robinson admitted firing at the officers and trooper.
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