Crime

Hundreds Evacuated From Orlando IKEA As Road Rage Suspects Hide Inside

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Two Georgia men were arrested Saturday after an alleged road rage confrontation that led police to an Orlando IKEA store.

Hundreds were evacuated from the store after Larry Lawrence, 27, and Richard Holloway Jr., 29, ducked inside.

They were accused of pointing a gun at another driver on Interstate 4. They allegedly parked their white Chevy Impala in the parking lot.

“The victim followed the suspects, which we don’t recommend,” said Lt. David Arenas of the Orlando Police Department.

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Police set off a fire alarm and sent customers towards the exits.

“All of a sudden the fire alarm went off and we came out,” shopper Areli Perez told WFTV. Authorities later found the suspects inside. Witnesses said they were inconspicuous.

“They were browsing. Just walking around,” said witness Kaitlyn Grulon.

“I saw four cops on top of the guy on the floor, face down,” Ian Poe told the news station.

Police never found a gun on the suspects or in their vehicle, which was a rental car.

Lawrence was charged with third-degree aggravated assault with a firearm. Holloway was charged with second-degree possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Holloway is a registered sex offender, according to WFTV.

Uh...alarms and cops with ak47s and we're being escorted out of the building... (@ IKEA - @designbyikea) https://t.co/1wFOV5Olci

— Alyssa Vaughan (@LyssaPearl) September 20, 2014

#ikea #orlando #allthecops pic.twitter.com/r5GAXFqmfq

— Alyssa Vaughan (@LyssaPearl) September 20, 2014

Sources: WFTV, New York Daily News

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / midorisyu, WFTV