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Boca Raton police arrest armed robbery suspects, find child in their car

Posted at 11:50 AM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 11:50:55-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- Boca Raton police made an unexpected discovery after stopping two armed robbery suspects.

Police say they were investigating a reported stickup at Einstein Bagels at 353 North Federal Highway Wednesday evening.

An employee told police he was taking out the trash when a man approached with what appeared to be a handgun.

He said the man followed him inside, demanded the opening of a store safe, stole cellphones from two employees and pulled a phone off the wall before leaving.

The employees hopped in a car and drove until they could flag down a police officer. In the meantime, police received a tip that the getaway car was a White Honda Accord.

Police said they spotted it at Yamato Road and I-95 and eventually pulled it over on the interstate near Woolbright Road.

Officers said two men were inside the vehicle as well as a 4-year-old relative of one of them. They said they also found an airsoft gun, mask, cash and the victims’ cellphones.

Police arrested 24-year-old Johnny Fontus and 24-year-old Karl Lormeus. They charged Lormeus with armed robbery, grand theft and child neglect. Fontus faces charges of armed robbery and grand theft.

Police turned the child over to the Florida Department of Children and Families.