Boynton Beach Dunkin' Donuts Armed Robbery Caught on Tape

Bandit kicks customer who tried to stop donut shop robbery

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    Surveillance video released by Boynton Beach Police shows the robbery at a Dunkin Donuts.

    Four people are facing charges related to the armed robbery of a Boynton Beach Dunkin' Donuts Wednesday that ended in a chase and the suspects' car flipping, police said Thursday.

    The incident began just after 9 a.m. when two armed men wearing masks over their faces burst into the donut shop at 2728 N. Federal Highway, according to a Boynton Beach Police report.

    According to the report, 20-year-old Actrice Alerte, from Coral Springs, jumped over the counter and started taking money from the drive-thru cash register while holding a gun to an employee.

    Meanwhile, 18-year-old Abdias Jean-Baptiste, from Delray, went to the front counter, where he was grabbed by a 63-year-old customer, according to the report.

    Surveillance video from inside the restaurant shows Jean-Baptiste throw the man to the ground and kick him. As the man lays on the ground, Jean-Baptiste empties money from cash registers into his bag.

    As he flees the store, the video shows Jean-Baptiste kick the man a second time. The two suspects took a total of $2,000, the report said.

    According to the report, Jean-Baptiste and Alerte were seen getting into a black Nissan Altima, driven by 21-year-old Franke Pierre-Louis, and fleeing the scene.

    Officers spotted the car a short time later and when they tried to pull it over, a chase ensued, the report said.

    The Altima drove off an embankment in the 500 block of Woolbright Road, flipping over numerous times before coming to a stop, the report said.

    Jean-Baptiste, Alerte, Pierre-Louis and Pierre-Louis's sister, 20-year-old Ashley Silmore, who was a passenger in the car, all ran from the car but were taken into custody, the report said.

    When Silmore was questioned by police, she admitted she knew the robbery was going to happen, the report said. Her brother, Pierre-Louis, told police he didn't know the robbery was going to happen, the report said.

    Alerte told police "he was just getting a ride," while Jean-Baptiste said "You got me on video why do you need my statement?" the report said.

    Jean-Baptiste was charged with robbery with a firearm, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Alerte was charged with robbery with a firearm and false imprisonment.

    Pierre-Louis and Silmone were both charged with accessory after the fact. Pierre-Louis was also charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding.