Homeleand Security: Vero Beach sweep, 3 arrested and 4th male sought

 VERO BEACH — The Department of Homeland Security and police arrested three males and are seeking a fourth in connection with a law enforcement sweep at 6:25 a.m. Thursday in the area of 4700 A1A near the Surf Hotel.

Identities of the three weren't immediately available.

The fourth person, who fled on foot, is described as a Jamaican black male, about 6 feet tall, clean shaven, wearing unknown color shorts and a blue shirt.

Anyone observing this subject or other suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact the Vero Beach Police Department immediately by calling 911. Do not approach the subject or make any attempts to apprehend him, police said.

Law enforcement remain at the scene.

On June 5, three Haitian nationals were taken into custody by U.S. Customs agents in the same area as the ongoing search.

The three men were found about 4:30 a.m. at the north end of Vero Beach, close to where an abandoned 28-foot outboard boat was found in the surf in mid-May.

The twin-engine boat, with both engines in place, was found with four 10-gallon gas tanks aboard, some still containing fuel.

Both of those incidents were in the vicinity of a large wooded beachfront lot and the Tracking Station Park on State Road A1A.

The three men initially were taken to the Indian River County Jail and were to be taken away for processing removal from the country, said Elee Erice, spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection.

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