Five Guilty In Deadly Robbery At Calder Casino
South Florida Crime
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Five people have been convicted in last year’s shooting death of a Brinks guard at the Calder Casino and Race Course in North Miami.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Vladimir Louissant, 26, and Reginald Mitchell, 28, pled guilty before their trials and face up to life in prison when they are sentenced. Victoria Barkley, 27, and Byron Kyler, 24, also entered guilty pleas and face up to 20 years in prison when they are sentenced. Uri Ammar, 27, was convicted during after a trial on October 15th; he too faces a sentence of life in prison.
Sentencing has not been scheduled yet.
According to prosecutors, on August 21, 2011, Mitchell and Ammar came up with a plan to rob the Brinks guard on August 21, 2011 when he came to make a scheduled pick up at Calder. Mitchell and Ammar both worked security at Calder, where Ammar was a Security Shift Manager. Mitchell recruited Louissant, Barkley and Kyler.
On the day of the murder, Mitchell drove Louissant to Calder in Kyler’s truck, which Kyler had falsely reported stolen.
According to the trial evidence, Ammar escorted Brinks guard Alvaro Lopez-Ramos, 26, through the Calder facility and led him to an open area, where Louissant was waiting. As Ammar and Lopez-Ramos entered the open area, Louissant rushed at the guard, brandishing a firearm.
As Lopez-Ramos drew his gun, Louissant fired at him twice. Lopez-Ramos fell to the ground, and by the time his co-worker was able to get out of the truck, Louissant grabbed the bag with money and ran to the getaway truck, being driven by Mitchell.
Mitchell drove away from the scene to a designated spot where Barkley picked them up in a second getaway car.
Lopez-Ramos was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center where he died at the hospital from the gunshot wounds.
After the getaway, Louissant went to the hospital for treatment of his wound, while Mitchell and Barkley hid some of the stolen money, discarded clothing, the money bag, other items, and then used some of the stolen money to gamble at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.