Two arrested in connection to armed robbery at local restaurant
Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department received a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred at Best Caribbean Cuisine, 2166 North Dixie Highway.
When officers arrived, they met with the restaurant owners, Therese Oneus and Wesly Stenor, and the customer victim, Jean Pierre Estabine. Therese Oneus said she was standing at the door and saw three black males congregating in the parking lot. She watched two of the males get into a white vehicle and one of the males enter the restaurant. The suspect pointed a gun at Estabine as he stood at the counter and took $350 out of his hand. The suspect then ran out of the restaurant and got into the waiting vehicle which left north on Dixie Highway. Therese followed the suspect vehicle in her car and called Boca Raton Police with the information.
Officer Clark saw the suspect car on Federal Highway before it left Boca Raton and attempted to stop it. The suspects refused to stop and the officers pursued them into the City of Boynton Beach, where the suspect crashed the vehicle into a house. All three occupants of the suspect vehicle fled on foot with officers close behind them. One suspect, later identified as Rubins Romulus, was quickly apprehended. A second suspect, Justin Austin, was apprehended by a Boca Raton Police K-9 team a short distance away. No one in the house was injured.
Romulus and Austin were both charged with principle in the first degree to armed robbery. Romulus was also charged with fleeing and eluding. Police are still looking for the third suspect who committed the robbery. If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Jeff Clare at (561) 338-1246 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Black male, appx 5'7” tall, medium build
Wearing a black ski mask and dark clothing
Armed with a small handgun
Delray Beach, FL
Boynton Beach, FL