Florida: 70-Year-Old Man Hit By Stray Bullet In Robbery & R”L Killed

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Three suspects arrested in connection to the armed robbery of a Boynton Beach grocery store and the shooting that resulted in the death of a 70-year-old man Friday afternoon were booked at the Palm Beach County Jail this morning and will have their first court appearance tomorrow, court officials said.

A retired baker preparing to spend Chanukah with his family was R”L shot to death as he drove down Atlantic Avenue west of Delray Beach on Friday, his wife seated beside him as a stray bullet pierced their minivan and left the man slumped in his seat.

Samuel Salomon Z”L was killed by one of four armed robbers who committed a robbery at the Three Amigos grocery in suburban Boynton Beach. The men stole $20,000 to $30,000 in cash shortly after 1 p.m. and sped off in a red Dodge Magnum, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour on Florida’s Turnpike. The store’s owner gave chase in his Mercedes-Benz, prompting someone in the Magnum to open fire on him.

One bullet struck the Mercedes, and another hit Samuel Salomon Z”L, of suburban Delray Beach.

Three suspects were caught after they ditched their rented Magnum on Glades Road and ran into the parking lots of two busy shopping centers, West Boca Place and Picadilly Square.

Authorities swarmed into the area, guns drawn, and found the men scurrying through the parking lots in search of a hiding place. A fourth man eluded a massive dragnet and was still on the run late Friday.

Roger Rodriguez, 19, Victor Diaz, 28, and Luis Alfonso Reyes-Castillo, 22, all of Miami, are charged with felony murder, armed robbery, false imprisonment, aggravated battery and assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

The Niftar Z”L and his wife stayed close to their sons, who live in Broward County, and whose moves to South Florida had prompted them to sell the bakery he had owned for at least a dozen years in New Jersey and move down to join them.

He had opened another bakery down here with his brother-in-law, but when that didn’t work out, he seized the opportunity to spend more time with his family.

(Palm Beach Post)