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UPDATE: 1 armed robbery suspect arrested after family abducted


11 p.m. UPDATE: Police caught one of the three suspects running across St. Lucie West Boulevard, according to WPTV NewsChannel 5, The Post’s news partner. “He had stripped out of his jumpsuit,” Sgt. Frank Sabol told WPTV. “We believe he was wearing a pink jumpsuit at the time.” Sabol didn’t identify the suspect other than that he is from West Palm Beach.

5:15 p.m. UPDATE: Port St. Lucie police say one of three men who robbed a jewelry store Thursday morning abducted a family of four and forced them to drive him to Fort Lauderdale.

The suspect fled the scene after the family dropped him off there, police said. There is no indication that the suspect has been captured.

The suspect abducted the family after gaining access to a home in the Kings Isle Community through an open garage door. The suspect encountered a 70-year-old woman, her 70-year-old husband, as well as the couple’s 42-year-old son and his 49-year-old girlfriend.

The suspect confronted both men with a gun and held all four at gunpoint for about an hour. He then had them take him to Fort Lauderdale by car.

The family was able to return home safely, police said.

2:45 p.m. UPDATE: Authorities are looking for three men who wore wigs and colorful disguises as they robbed a jewelry store Thursday morning.

The robbery at LSO Jewelers led to lockdowns at five schools that lasted through much or all of the school day.

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Police say the robbers wore either face masks or heavy makeup. Two wore jumpsuits – one pink, one white – and the third was dressed in black. The getaway car driver also may have been wearing an orange jumpsuit.

They entered the jewelry store, on the 900 block of Southwest St. Lucie Boulevard west of Florida’s Turnpike, at about 9 a.m. and robbed the store at gunpoint. They are believed to have fled in a white SUV with a luggage rack.

One of the suspects apparently stripped off his clothing while fleeing and was found in his boxer shorts running through the parking lot of Martin Memorial Health Systems parking lot near the jewelry store. The other suspects remain at large, with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office’s Air Unit and Port St. Lucie Police K-9s continuing to search the area.

Schools placed on lockdown after the robbery were La Petite Academy St. Lucie West, Renaissance Charter School on NW Cashmere Blvd, Sunlight Christian Academy, Westgate K-8, and Somerset College Prep School.

Police are asking if you have any information on this case to call the Port St. Lucie Police Department at 772-871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS (8477).

Original post: Four schools were placed on lockdown Thursday morning after a robbery at a jewelry store, said WPTV NewsChannel 5, The Post’s news partner.

City police said Westgate K-8, Renaissance Charter School on Cashmere, La Petite Academy, and Sunlight Christian Academy were affected after four people wearing wigs, makeup and colorful clothing robbed LSO Jewelers on the 900 block of Southwest St. Lucie West Boulevard, just west of Florida’s Turnpike.

Police say the group was armed and fled on foot. One was found in the parking lot of Martin Memorial ER on Northwest St. Lucie West Boulevard. Three others were still at large Thursday mroning.

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