MIAMI (FloridaToday.news) – Police are investigating reports of a possible armed robbery aboard a yacht along the Miami River.
7News cameras captured a heavy police presence and several Miami City police cruisers with headlights on parked in Southwest North River Drive and Second Street near The Wharf Miami just after 10 p.m. Sunday.
The owner of the yacht said they had chartered the vessel earlier in the day and had between 13 and 17 people on board. The people to whom they rented the yacht paid for the service, but at some point, when it was time to return the yacht to the proper dock, they detained the captain of the boat at gunpoint and demanded their money back.
The captain told police that one of the men holding him at gunpoint threatened to kill him and throw him off the boat. The suspect then pulled the captain’s wallet and phone out of his pocket before threatening another crew member.
According to the police report, rapper Quavo, whose real name is Quavious Marshall, was also on board the boat. Marshall is known for being a member of the Migos.
Fortunately, no one was hurt, according to the boat’s owner, adding that another crew member had a mobile phone and could secretly send a text message asking for help.
Video from mobile phones shows police with rifles and people with their hands up on board the yacht. Although the yacht is currently moored near The Wharf, this location has nothing to do with the incident. Witness Terence Quek described what he saw.
“People just put their hands up, so we were wondering what was going on,” he said. “We didn’t think it was something serious until, for example, police cars drove up from the other side, so it was like an ambush from both sides, and when we ran out, we saw the police holding weapons, rushing in. It’s a crazy scene, I’m not going to lie, yeah.”
A 7News film crew apprehended Quavo, who was detained with a zip fastener on his back, but shortly after, several people were seen leaving the area and leaving in several black SUVs with dark tinted windows.
7News cameras filmed the rapper leaving the establishment in a shirt covering his face.
“It’s not every day, I hope it’s correct,” the witness said. “This kind of violence, it’s a little scary. So where we’re from, we don’t have that kind of stuff that often.”
The police report also cited text messages indicating disagreements over boat rental hours. Police also found two handguns on board, but said they were not used in the incident.
Police are still investigating the incident but said they did not make an arrest due to conflicting statements from crew members.
The Miami Shipyard has nothing to do with the incident, but it is where the boat was stopped and where the police entered.
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