HIGHWAY HOMICIDE SUSPECT MISTAKENLY DIALS 911, MENTIONS MURDER PLAN ON RECORDED LINE
PIO Number: 13-5-8b BSO case number: 12-1305-000538
Date: May 5, 2013 Time: 6:41 a.m.
Jurisdiction: Oakland Park
Place of Occurrence: Southbound on-ramp of Interstate 95 at Commercial Boulevard
Victim(s): Nicholas Romondo Walker, 33, male, 01/14/80, 2014 N.W. 43 Terr., Lauderhill (DECEASED)
Suspect(s): Scott Simon, male, 24, 4/30/88, 1221 N.W. 3 Ave., Pompano Beach (IN CUSTODY)
Description of Incident:
A man who orchestrated a murder on Interstate 95 “pocket dialed” 911 just before the fatal shooting. On a recorded line, Scott Simon can be heard telling someone else that he’s going to follow the victim home and kill him. Minutes later, 33-year-old Nicholas Walker was shot and killed while driving his car onto the highway.
Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives arrested Simon Tuesday night. He is charged with first-degree murder for his involvement in the May 5 shooting. Detectives do not believe Simon was the triggerman but that he coordinated the shooting after getting into an argument with Walker in a nearby Waffle House.
When deputies arrived at the scene shortly after 6:40 a.m., they found Walker’s silver Buick crashed into a guard rail. Deputies and Oakland Park Fire Rescue extinguished a fire in the engine compartment, but Walker had already died of gunshot wounds. The investigation prompted a three-hour closure of all southbound lanes of I-95.
Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying two other suspects. They have released surveillance video of another man they believe to be involved. That suspect and a third man were in a black 2012 Buick GS in the early-morning hours of May 5. They are asking anyone who may have seen those two men to call Det. Bryan Tutler at (954) 321-4281 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Media note: Simon’s mug shot is attached to this news release. Two surveillance videos of the second suspect and black Buick are available on www.sheriff.org. The suspect is wearing a sleeveless denim shirt with what appear to be studs or similar detailing on the upper back. Simon’s arrest warrant has been sealed and will not be released. The errant 911 call will not be released.
INVESTIGATORS: Sgt. Feeley, Dets. Tutler, Kogan
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Posted At: 05/22/2013 03:49 PM
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