A Dozen People Being Held Hostage in a Restaurant by Owner

February 05, 2018Feb 05, 2018

Police are handling a hostage situation at a restaurant in Miami with caution. A dozen people are being held at the Joseph Restaurant, which is located on NW 7th Street at 19th Avenue in Miami, reported a local CBS affiliate.

Miami police tweeted out what they believe started it.


"Following a robbery of cell phone outside of the establishment, Joseph Restaurant, our officers were contacted by a female who came out and stated that they are being held hostage by management," tweeted the Miami PD.

Local news reported that PD said the management is keeping them hostage because they don't want the people to talk to the police. 


There are police, SWAT officers, and Fire Rescue on the scene.


According to police, they received a call for a robbery outside of the bar. Then 30 minutes into that call, a woman ran outside the bar and said she and others are being held hostage inside by the owner, reported CBS.


“Another female exited the establishment and said they were being held hostage,” said Miami Police officer Michael Vega. “We’re trying to get to the bottom of it, see exactly what’s happening and take it from there.”

Initially, police said a person they believe is the bar manager is holding 12 patrons and employees and won’t let them leave. However, now it seems that the bar manager is holding 12 employees hostage. 


"The manager is also reportedly not answering the phones nor responding to police requests to talk," reported the news outlet.

Nearby Citrus Grove Elementary and Citrus Grove Jr High were locked down as a precautionary measure.


The latest update from the Miami PD said the front door of the bar had been breached. Their negotiations team was attempting to make contact with the hostages and the staff.



Local 10 reported that this isn't the first time police have been called to the club and restaurant. In February 2014, a man was shot inside the nightclub. 

This story will be updated as more details become available.