Robbers killed in Florida UPS truck hijacking, shootout with police are identified

December 7, 2019 in News by RBN Staff

by Robert Gearty

The two men responsible for a south Florida jewelry heist-turned-hostage situation and eventual police shootout previously served time for robbery, according to a report.

UPS driver and an innocent bystander were also fatally shot during the gun battle in Miramar, which was seen on local TV.

The FBI identified the robbers as Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Hill, both 41, WPLG-TV reported.

“He just made bad decisions in life and it cost him his,” Corey Smith said of Alexander, who was his brother, according to the station.

Florida Department of Corrections records show Alexander was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon in Lee County in 2009, the station reported. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and released in 2017.

Hill was also released from prison in 2017, WPLG reported. He had a series of convictions for burglary and robbery.

The shootout took place after Alexander and Hill robbed a Coral Gables jewelry store and then hijacked a UPS truck during the getaway.