A fugitive wanted for shooting at officers in Hialeah and leading them on a wild chase over the weekend was arrested Wednesday in Tampa, police said.
Andy Roman, 23, was apprehended at noon in Safety Harbor, in the Tampa Bay area, while riding in a female acquaintance’s vehicle, according to Hialeah Police.
“Roman did not offer any resistance when confronted by the overwhelming show of force that was used during his detention,” Hialeah Police said in a statement.
His apprehension was less complicated than police expected, Hialeah Police Chief Sergio Velasquez indicated.
"Based on our investigation through family members he had told us he was not going to be taken alive,” Velasquez said.
Roman, who is being returned to Miami-Dade County, will face at least five counts of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and other charges related to eluding authorities, Hialeah Police said. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.
On Saturday Roman shot at police officers while they were investigating an earlier shooting at the Crossway Motel at 1775 W. Okeechobee Road in Hialeah, according to police. During the chase, the gunfire continued all the way into Miami, police said.
Driver Osmani Marcel Ojeda, 22, was arrested on five counts of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and other charges, police said.
He is being held without bond after his appearance in bond court Monday, according to online Miami-Dade Corrections records. It was not known whether has an attorney.
Roman was captured after “an exhaustive and unrelenting manhunt” that involved contributions from numerous local, county and federal law enforcement agencies, Hialeah Police said.
"Surveillance was set up on the home,” Velasquez said. “A very tight perimeter was set around the area as they drove away from the area, then he was boxed in by all the units, and at that time taken into custody.”