SWAT teams surrounds casino burglar in Oakland Park, suspect commits suicide
Updated4:45 p.m. Feb. 16
Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives said 27-year-old Dominic Zibuda killed himself inside the duplex after the Seminole
Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and BSO found him at the North Andrews Gardens house. Seminole Police detectives had recently released surveillance video of the Jan. 29 armed robbery at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. The following day, an anonymous tipster called Crime Stoppers of Broward County with information that led investigators to Zibuda, a man with a long criminal history and an active warrant for burglary.
Two men and one woman who were inside the house when law enforcement arrived Tuesday afternoon voluntarily came out. They were questioned by investigators and released. Zibuda refused to come out, and with officers surrounding the house, he fired multiple shots including one that broke a front window. No one was hit. BSO’s SWAT team spent hours trying to make contact with Zibuda and to pinpoint his location inside the house. They found him deceased around 9:30 p.m. BSO Homicide detectives will continue their investigation.
Updated at 10:43 p.m. Reports are coming in that the suspect has been shot. Check back for info once identity released. Personally, BrowardNETOnline.com is glad the situation is almost complete as we are a parent of a kindergartner at N. Andrews, though wish no one was shot. More details below.
Police have quarantined a suspect in Oakland Park near North Andrews Gardens Elementary who is suspected of stealing several thousands of dollars from the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino. Early Friday January 29, a suspect dreased in a NY Yankees baseball cap and Hawaiian style black knit shirt and black pants with a marked bag held up a cashier with a gun in the second floor poker room.
“It was a distinctively marked bag—and we analyzed several surveillance cameras and stills and released to the media,” said Gary Bitner, public information officer for Seminole Police who originated the call that sent out the Broward Sheriff’s Office to a home in Oakland Park. “A $5,000 reward was offered through Crimestopper’s of Broward and we got a tip and check it out.”
Around 5:30 p.m. just west of the intersection of 6 Ave and NE 56 St. in Oakland Park, police blocked off several streets as onlookers watched a SWAT team sneak behind a house approximately off 4th Avenue, just a block over from the elementary school. Bitner said police made sure no one was in the school before setting up a perimeter around the suspect’s house.
Police on scene said a robbery suspect had barricaded himself inside the house. As of 8 p.m., police still had not released the identity of the suspect, nor did he appear to have left the home or been forced out of the home.
“This shows any casino in the country has hundreds of surveillance cameras—it’s a safe place to be—not a place where people can do this type of thing and get away with it,” said Bitner.
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