MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – An hour long stand off on Miami Beach ended with five people being questioned about the murder of a teen earlier this month.
The stand off began when investigators went to talk with two people considered “persons of interest” in the April 5th murder of 16-year old Robert Lakatos.
“They had information from different sources that led them to this house behind me,” said Miami Beach police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Hernandez. “Once they arrived on the scene they tried to make communication with the subjects but they took off immediately when they saw the police officers.”
Hernandez said the pair ran into a residence in the one thousand block of 79th Street and barricaded themselves inside.
The investigators called for a SWAT team and K-9 units. Officers from both Miami Beach and Miami Dade Police departments were also dispatched to home to assist. After about an hour, the those inside the house surrendered.
“They came out. The SWAT team did not have to make entry,” said Hernandez.
The three people who were inside the home and the two “persons of interest” were all interviewed by police and released.
Police said Lakatos, who lived in North Beach, had gone for a stroll on the beach and ran into an armed robber who killed him a few minutes before midnight. The teen had recently moved to Miami Beach with his family from Virginia.