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TREE CLIMBING CARJACKER CAN’T HIDE FROM BSO

BSO Case Number: PB02-01-3204
PIO Number: 02-01-15
Date: January 8, 2002
Place of Occurrence: 200 block of NW 12th Ct. & 2700 block of NW 13th St., Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • Renard Alcious, 12/26/83, 101 NE 20th St., Pompano Beach
  • Two Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives

Suspect(s):

  • Timothy Thomas, 28, 9/4/73, 2871 NE 10th Place, Ft. Lauderdale

Description of Incident:

A Broward carjacker, who tried to kill two BSO detectives, climbed a tree and used twigs and leaves to camouflage himself before he was tracked down by a K-9 deputy.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2002, 28-year old Timothy Thomas was looking for a car to steal. Sometime around 8:00 pm, he pointed a gun at 19-year old Renard Alcious who was stopped in his 1992 Honda in the 200 block of NW 12th Ct. in Pompano Beach. Thomas forced Alcious out of the car and then took off in the stolen vehicle.

At around 8:05 pm, two BSO detectives saw the stolen Honda pulling into a convenience store in the 1000 block of NW 27th Ave. in Pompano Beach. The detectives swung their unmarked car into the store’s parking lot and Thomas took off running. The fleeing felon hopped a fence behind the store, ran into a nearby park, and opened fire on pursuing detectives.

Deputies and detectives set up a perimeter and called in a BSO helicopter and K-9 team to help track Thomas who had climbed a tree and stuffed twigs and leaves in his clothing in an effort to hide. About two hours later, the K-9 sniffed out the cowering carjacker high up in the tree in the 2700 block of NW 13th Street.

Thomas was released from jail in early December 2001 and has more than a dozen felony convictions. He’ll now likely go away for a maximum life sentence for armed carjacking and for trying to kill two law enforcement officers.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. C. Blankenship Det. G. Molamphy
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf/PIO 1/10/02 2:00 pm

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