Escaped convict Darien Young holds mother, daughter hostage at Florida Victoria’s Secret


Gripping video captured the moment police shot and killed a crazed escaped convict who held a young woman and her mother at knifepoint Thursday inside a Miami Beach Victoria’s Secret.

Darien Young, 29, violently grabbed the terrified pair after he was caught shoplifting lingerie from the Lincoln Road and Jerrson Avenue store, officials said.

The New Hampshire criminal can be seen in the eyewitness video grasping one of his victims by the neck while huddling behind the store’s checkout counter.

The woman’s daughter stands close by with her hands clasped in prayer.

Young repeatedly shouted “I’m gonna kill her, I’m gonna kill her, don’t make me hurt her don’t make me hurt her,” a witness told Local 10.

The suspect appears to shake his head “no” as the responding officer tries to reason with the desperate man.

“Put it down man, please put it down,” the cop said with his handgun at his hip.

Darien Young, 29, had escaped from a New Hampshire prison, making it all the way to Miami Beach.
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Young is seen holding the young girl at knifepoint as police move in.
Young is seen holding the young girl at knifepoint as police move in.
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At one point, Young released the older woman and grabbed onto her daughter.

Ultimately, the Miami Beach cop fired at Young in order to save the victims.

Young was rushed to a nearby hospital’s trauma unit in critical condition but died several hours later.

The mother and daughter pair are safe, the MBPD said.


The Victoria's Secret store where Young took the young girl hostage by knifepoint.
The Victoria’s Secret store where Young took the young girl hostage by knifepoint.
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Young was eventually fired upon by police and died after being transported to the hospital.
Young was eventually fired upon by police and died after being transported to the hospital.
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The New Hampshire Department of Corrections confirmed Friday that Young was an escaped convict who had fled the state on July 21 — just one week before he was fatally shot.

He was placed on escape status after he had left the grounds of the minimum-security Calumet House transitional housing unit, located roughly 20 miles south of Concord.

Young was incarcerated on drug charges, falsifying physical evidence and receiving stolen property, the state DOC said.

His earliest parole eligibility date would have been July 31, 2023.

It is unclear how or why Young had made the 1,500-mile trek to Miami Beach or why he was stealing lingerie from Victoria’s Secret.

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