At approximately 10 p.m. on Sept. 13, there was a hit & run on Federal Highway in the southbound lane right south of 49 Street in Lighthouse Point. The victim was a local homeless man, Claude Michaud, 62. Firetrucks and police cars surrounded the scene.
A man was with his friend at McDonald’s and saw the scene unfold. He says a “green truck” hit the man, paused momentarily once he reached the corner and then drove off. BSO has expanded to look for all dark colored vehicles.
Another witness said, “I heard a noise, a screech, and I came around to get a parfait at McDonalds and that’s when I saw the body.”
They speculated over why the man might have driven away, saying he “could have had a case… look there are no lights here,” pointing to the street light above on the opposite side of the street. “But he drove off…”
They shared stories about the man they knew, speaking of him fondly, saying he never really bothered anyone; but he was arrested several times for trespassing. They said he would sleep behind the 7-11 or behind the wall just behind the nearby bus stop, but kept getting told he was not allowed to stay there.
Detectives are searching for the driver. Investigators urge anyone with information to contact BSO Detective Michael Kelliher at 954-321-4840. Anonymous tips can be made to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on July 31, onlookers could see a vehicle, a 2015 blue Hyndai Sonata, engulfed in flames with a possible person lying in the street in the westbound lane of Hillsboro Boulevard. The accident caused the road to be blocked off by BSO.
Sources say the crash was caused by the car traveling at high speed, jumping the curb and hitting a tree causing the engine to catch fire. The driver was supposedly pulled out of the vehicle and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue attempted to save his life, but he was pronounced dead on the scene.
On Aug. 1, the name of the driver was released as 32-year-old David Alejandro Garcia Ramirez of Deerfield Beach.
BSO is still investigating the crash.
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Detectives are releasing a rendering of one of the three suspects wanted for the brutal attack of a 61-year-old disabled woman who was alone in her Deerfield Beach home. The suspects walked in through a sliding glass door and demanded jewelry and credit cards. They threatened to kill her pets if she didn’t comply, and they carried with them heartbreaking proof that they were serious – two of her kittens they had killed outside. Investigators are searching for a white male with shoulder length dirty blonde hair and blue eyes.
The intruders, wearing hooded sweatshirts, gloves and Halloween masks, became aggressive when she told them she didn’t have much to steal. The woman is hardly able to walk because of a debilitating illness and often uses a walker. The intruders threw her down, and she landed on a table and hit the floor. They ransacked her house and used shards of broken glass to cut her face, arm and abdomen, all while demanding valuables. At one point, her house dress fell open and they sprayed paint on her body.
They took only a small, grey safe with her medication inside, as well as the two dead kittens in a paper bag. She later told Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives that the ordeal lasted between 30 and 60 minutes and that two of the men were inside the house and a third waited outside. One was a short, white male who spoke proper English and wore a dark blue, hooded sweatshirt. The second was taller and spoke with a Spanish accent. He wore a black, hooded sweatshirt. Both wore Halloween masks and gloves and seemed to be in their late teens or early 20s.
The victim was treated for superficial cuts and bruises and released from North Broward Health Medical Center Thursday but returned to the hospital Friday for further treatment. BSO detectives are asking for the public’s help. If anyone knows anything about this crime, please call Det. Vincent Coldwell at (954) 321-4270 or report anonymous information to Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.
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Broward Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives are looking for any additional victims of a Deerfield Beach swim instructor who sexually assaulted two young students during their swimming lessons.
Francisco De Aragon sexually assaulted a swim student during the 11 a.m. lesson on May 19 at the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center. At the 11:30 a.m. class on the same day, De Aragon sexually assaulted and molested a second victim. SVU detectives arrested De Aragon on May 20 on two counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 12 and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation.
Detectives are asking any additional victims to contact BSO SVU Detective Keith Gittens
at 954-321-4240 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.
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Employees of Deerfield’s O2 Media were in the middle of a meeting on May 7 … little did they know they were being violated. Two women came into the building, went up to the 4th floor and rummaged through women’s purses in the office cubicles. The women then went on to engage in a shopping spree at the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton.
The thieves fled with several credit cards, debit cards and driver’s licenses. According to Broward Sheriff’s Office, the thieves “made two purchases at the Apple store, one for $740 and a second for $2,193. The stolen cards were also used at Macy’s for $568 and Grand Lux for $76. Some transactions were declined, one at the Apple store for $1,582 and two at Publix for $12 and $218.”
Broward Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for these women. They are seeking a white female in her late 30s, about 5’8″ tall, 220 lbs with long, curly brown hair. She was wearing dark pants, a long sleeved sweater with silver trim and a round brown and gold purse. They are also seeking a black woman, 5’6″ tall, 190 lbs. approx., in her 40s with curly brown shoulder-length hair. She wore a blue shirt and black pants as well as glasses. Both were wearing lanyards with ID cards at time of theft.
Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Detective Edwards-Demattia at or Broward Crime Stoppers at (8477) or at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. A reward of up to $3,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.