Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill, Wiki, Bio
Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill are identified by the FBI as armed robbers who were killed Thursday after police say they ripped off a jewelry store, stole a UPS truck and kidnapped the driver, then led police pursuit through two counties which led to a deadly shootout. According to the authorities both of Miami-Dade County, according to the FBI.
UPDATE: @CBSMiami has learned the FBI is investigating whether the two gunmen killed inside the UPS truck were involved in two previous robberies in South Florida.
Sources tell me the FBI had been looking for the two men prior to the Gables jewelry store heist.
— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) December 6, 2019
Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill Ages
According to the FBI record, the robbers are cousins and both are 41 years old.
Lamar Alexander Children
Alexander had three children.
Ronnie Jerome Hill Children
Ronnie Hill, said he was the father of two young children, one with special needs, and was working as a driver for a cabinetry company. She said she has no idea why he would have committed the robbery, saying he could have turned to her or their mother for help if needed. She wanted to apologize to the victims’ families.
Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill Robbery and UPS Truck
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) December 6, 2019
The incident began about 20 miles south during a robbery at Regent jewelry store in Coral Gables. It was not immediately clear who fired the shots that killed Ordonez or the bystander.
The chase ended tragically when the UPS truck encountered traffic at an intersection. The police left their vehicles and approached the truck with drawn weapons, the vehicles of the passers-by serving as cover.
The truck driver has left the steering wheel. Seconds later, at 17:35, there were shots. It is not clear if the first shots came from the truck or from the police. If the UPS driver or murdered bystander was hit by a police fire, this is part of the investigation, the FBI said.
The FBI identifies the two deceased individuals responsible for yesterday’s jewelry store robbery, carjacking/kidnapping and shootings as Lamar Alexander, 41, and Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, both of Miami-Dade County. If anyone has information about these crimes, call 1-855-352-7233
— FBI Miami (@FBIMiamiFL) December 6, 2019
Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Hill Criminal Record
Court records show Alexander was sentenced to probation for a 1996 robbery and 1997 burglary. Five arrests in the 2000’s resulted in no convictions before he served a lengthy stretch in prison for a 2008 armed robbery conviction in southwest Florida, gaining his release in 2017.
Florida Department of Corrections records show Hill served time in prison twice: in the 1990s on burglary and robbery convictions and more recently for five burglary-related convictions.