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HALLOWEEN RAGE SPURS MURDER IN TAMARAC

BSO Case Number: TM01-10-4032
PIO Number: 01-11-1
Date: Oct. 31, 2001
Time: 10:09 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: in front of 5905 NW 71 Avenue, Tamarac

Victim(s):

  • Robert Campbell, 39, male, 5905 NW 71 Ave., Tamarac (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • Richard Day, 58, 10/10/43, male, 7302 NW 61 St., Tamarac

Description of Incident:

A Tamarac man, enraged after Halloween pranksters visited his home, went on a rampage and was charged with murder for deliberately running over his neighbor with his pickup truck.

According to BSO Homicide detectives, the suspect, Richard Day, 58, became angry when his home was pelted with eggs and sprayed with shaving cream at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Day grabbed a carton of eggs from his refrigerator and told his 12-year-old son to get into his Dodge Dakota pickup truck, then drove off with the boy. A few blocks away, Day saw someone sitting outside the house at 7311 NW 62 Street. He pulled into the driveway, hitting a trashcan, exited the truck and threw eggs at the house. A man exited the house to confront Day. Day tried to punch the resident, but missed and fell on the lawn, striking his face on a cement meter box on the ground. Day got up, returned to his truck and sped off.

Day’s next stop was at 5905 NW 71st Avenue. Day knew the family there because their children were acquainted but had no other connection with them. Again, Day started hurling eggs at the house. Family members exited to confront him, including Robert Campbell, 39, who approached Day’s vehicle. Day deliberately accelerated, running Campbell over and dragging him about 100 feet before he was dislodged from the undercarriage. Day then drove off and stopped again to throw eggs at a third house. He then drove back to 71st Avenue, where Campbell was being tended to by neighbors, and shouted, “he got what he deserved.” Day drove off and returned home with his son. Campbell was rushed to Broward General Medical Center, where he died at 12:37 a.m. today.

After being picked up at his house, Day gave a statement to detectives, admitting that he deliberately struck Campbell with his truck. He was charged with Murder and is being held without bond in the Broward County Jail.

INVESTIGATORS:
THIS REPORT BY: Dets. J. Berrena & R. Carmody, Sgt. J. Carr, CI Jim Leljedal / PIO 11/1/01 1130

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