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American Social Armed Robbery: Police Nab Four Suspects After High Speed Chase

Besides a few drunk people behaving rowdy, Las Olas Boulevard is basically a safe place to be on on a Friday night, which is why the news of an armed robbery at American Social is so shocking.

Early this morning (Friday, February 7 at around 1 a.m.), three armed suspects approached two employees at the rear of American Social Bar & Restaurant.

According tho the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the suspects "brandished firearms and demanded their belongings." After taking the contents of an employee's pants pockets (a cell phone, cash, and car keys), the suspects jumped into a white, four-door Stratus and drove away.

Immediately, the American Social employees, unhurt, called 911 and described both the suspects and the vehicle.

A Fort Lauderdale Police Officer located the car traveling westbound on Broward Boulevard and attempted a traffic stop, but the suspects continued on to I-95 northbound, toward Palm Beach County. According to police reports, the getaway car traveled in excess of 100 miles per hour at some points during the high-speed chase.

The vehicle was finally stopped and the suspects were apprehended while trying to flee on foot. The vehicle was discovered to be stolen from Palm Beach County.

The suspects were identified as Tarik Jarrett, Maurice Sims, Mario Frierson, and Shequilla Shaw, all West Palm Beach residents.

Police are asking that anyone with information regarding this crime contact Detective Richard Rivera at 954-828-6355.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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