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TRUCK STOP HOMICIDE SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY

BSO Case Number: WS12-09-01054
PIO Number: 12-10-11 (12-9-24a)
Date: September 20, 2012
Time: 2:15 a.m.
Place of Occurrence: Seminole Truck Stop, 4690 US Hwy 27, Weston
Jurisdiction: Weston

Victim(s):

  • Kimberlyn Clarke, 28, female, Plantation (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • Ronnie Lanard Tyson, male, 20, 11/25/91, 2820 NW 55th Ave., #1-D, Lauderhill (IN CUSTODY)
  • Kenyatta Simario Grant, male, 21, 9/20/91, 5410 N.W. 88th Ave., #C102, Lauderhill (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

The two robbers responsible for the death of a woman at a Jamaican Night event at a truck stop have both been arrested by Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives. Ronnie Tyson, 20, turned himself in to detectives Monday afternoon at the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building. Kenyatta Grant, 21, was arrested Saturday. Both are being charged with felony murder.

Tyson and Grant were caught by surveillance cameras in the early-morning hours of Sept. 20 outside the event at the Café 27 Tiki Bar at the Seminole Truck Stop. Surveillance video showed Tyson spraying pepper spray in a man’s face to distract him as Grant tried to yank the silver chain and medallion from his neck. The pepper spray drifted into the large crowd, and people began to run. As 28-year-old Kimberly Clarke of Plantation inhaled the spray, she struggled to breathe, calling for help as she fled and falling to the ground. About 20 minutes later, other attendees realized she was still unconscious on the ground and called for help. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue paramedics transported Clarke to the hospital in critical condition. She never regained consciousness and died Sept. 29.

Detectives initially released surveillance video that showed the robbery and both suspects running off camera. The robbery victim is seen on video retrieving his handgun from his car and running after them, only to retreat moments later after spotting an FHP trooper working an off-duty detail at the truck stop. A second surveillance video released by detectives showed Tyson at the truck stop convenience store about two hours before pepper spraying the crowd. They received multiple Crime Stoppers tips identifying Tyson. Their investigation led them to Grant Saturday.

INVESTIGATORS: Homicide Det. K. Forsberg, V. Perez, Sgt. Feeley, CID Weston
THIS REPORT BY:  Dani Moschella/PIO  October 15, 2012 1745

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