Friday, March 8, 2013

U.S. Marshalls Search For Armed Fugitive In Palm Bay

PALM BAY, Florida -- A suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery and armed kidnapping in south Florida may be in the Palm Bay/South Brevard County area.  Detectives with the Coral Springs Police Department, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, have no-bond warrants for the suspect identified as 34-year-old Luke  Desir.  

Desir resides in Palm Bay with family and has other friends and associates in the area.  Authorities say they located Desir on Thursday night in the Palm Bay area - but the suspect fled.  

On January 17, 2013 the suspect along with two other individuals still unidentified, allegedly entered a T-Mobile store located at 1327 University Drive in Coral Springs.  Surveillance video shows a black female providing a distraction while two black males, one of whom used a semi-automatic handgun, forced the employees to take them to the back storage room.  

Once in the back of the store, the suspects bound the employees’ hands using zip ties and then proceeded to remove dozens of cell phones before fleeing the store.  Further investigation lead Coral Springs detectives to identify Desir as one of the three suspects.  It is believed these individuals may be part of an organized group operating through the region.  

Anyone with information on Desir’s location or the identity of the other two suspects is asked contact the Central Florida CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS.  

Callers can remain anonymous and can be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 in this case.  

Desir is considered armed and dangerous.