Two in custody after crash, chase in Riviera Beach

Posted at 11:01 AM, Apr 12, 2017

Two men are in custody after a crash and chase Wednesday morning in Riviera Beach.

It began when Riviera Beach officers and a sheriff’s deputy with the Gang Task Force were searching for a stolen Lexus, according to police.

They saw the Lexus around 9:30 and tried to make a traffic stop because they said the vehicle was being driven recklessly.

Four blocks later the driver and passenger changed places and when police approached one of the men flashed a firearm and threatened the officers, police said.

The Lexus sped off and eventually ran a red light and crashed into a vehicle at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Military Trail, according to police.

They men from the scene but police eventually found both.

"We’re fortunate that the officers were in close proximity and they were able to apprehend these persons before they were able to get into some of the facilities near this location,” said Williams.

The nearby Edward J Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center was placed on lockdown for a short time as a precaution. One man was found inside the center and the other behind a business at 7071 North Military Trail.

The suspects have not been identified. They face weapons charges as well as fleeing and eluding.

No one was hurt in the traffic crash.

Police ask anyone with information to call them at (561) 845-4123 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.