Last Wednesday night, the Dunkin’ Donuts in Delray Beach in Broward County suffered an after-dark armed robbery. The Delray Beach Dunkin’ Donuts which was robbed is located on the 4800 block of Atlantic Avenue. At least five patrons, several of them elderly local residents, were shot during the robbery. The perpetrators are still at large, although they will surely require the services of a Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer when and if they are caught.
The following night, the Dunkin’ Donuts at 4900 North State Road 7 in Tamarac, Florida – a Broward County suburb of Fort Lauderdale – was also robbed. One patron was shot in the back during the armed robbery and remains in critical condition at a local hospital. No matter how many painful situations he sees, a Broward criminal lawyer is always sorry to hear about injured victims.
At this point, the Delray Beach Police Department detectives and members of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating the crimes. No determination has been made publicly that the two armed robberies are related. A Broward criminal lawyer would caution not to draw conclusions to quickly if and when an arrest is made; two crimes that appear to be quite similar could be coincidental and not necessarily the hallmark of a group of perpetrators. Witnesses at both Dunkin’ Donuts locations reported that the armed robberies were committed by a group of males who were quick to shoot innocent bystanders. There were three robbers at the Delray Beach location and many more casualties. At the Tamarac location armed robbery, witnesses reported two robbers and only one victim sustained a gunshot wound.
The Dunkin’ Donuts stores, which were previously open all night, have made the decision to begin closing in the evening and re-opening early in the morning for the convenience of patrons who stop for coffee or a donut during their morning commute. Nearby residents who frequent the stores have reported feeling fearful about returning to those stores, especially after dark. The armed robberies have come as a shock to the normally-quiet suburban towns, which each have approximately 60,000 residents. Residents are unaccustomed to violent crime and are hoping that there will not be any more robberies.
Our Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer has experience in a wide range of criminal defense situations and a great trial record. An arrest can damage all aspects of your life, including your employment prospects and custody and visitation of your children. If you have been charged with a crime in Florida, contact William Moore, P.A., which is an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale-Dade, Broward, and Fort Lauderdale Counties.
This article should be used for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.