Would-be burglar leads police to crime scene
LAUDERHILL, Fla. (WSVN) -- Officers working an attempted burglary said a would-be burglar lead police to a woman's dead body.
Residents woke up Monday morning with grave concern regarding the disturbing discovery made in their neighborhood. "I say they need holy water from the top of this street all the way down to the bottom because there's nothing holy here," said a neighbor. "I asked police, not even a month ago, to park a car in front of my house. It's pitiful. I'm trying my best to get away from here, and I've been trying for years."
Investigators said after a botched robbery attempt fell through, the suspect lead police to a deadly discovery. The robbery attempt happened at a home along Northwest 28th Street and 55th Avenue, around 9 a.m. Sunday. An elderly woman and her nephew were inside at the time.
Police said the nephew stabbed the would-be robber in self-defense. He was taken to the hospital and questioned by police. That's where he lead investigators to a potential homicide. "This was a second part of an investigation," said Lauderhill Police Lieutenant Greg Solowsky. "We received information earlier today, during a separate investigation that a delayed homicide occurred here at this location."
At the hospital, the would-be robber told investigators someone might be hurt at Northwest 22nd Street and 55th Avenue.
Officers arrived at the scene to find a woman in her 20s dead inside the home. "Our patrol officers came here, found the front door that was opened," said Solowsky, "when the officers came inside to make a cursory check, they were able to see a black adult female that was laying down, that was deceased."
Residents are on edge. "That's not right, man. That's not right. Too much going on now, man," said Dallas Tarrington.
Investigators are unsure if the botched robbery and the homicide are related. They are unable to determine how the victim was killed or how long she has been deceased. Detectives said the woman was new to the neighborhood.
Police are working around the clock to crack this case. "Again, this is the very beginning phases. There will be more additional information that comes out," said Solowsky. "The detectives and our crime scene people will be out here."
If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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