KILLER FLEES TO CANADA, ATTEMPTS TO ELUDE JUSTICE

PIO Number: 17-12-31 (17-10-27)

BSO Case Number: 19-1709-000512

Date: September 22, 2017

Time: 9:03 a.m.

Jurisdiction: Pembroke Park

Place of Occurance: 5551 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Pembroke Park

Victim(s): Philip Antonino, 57, male, 5/18/60, 4100 N. 42nd Terrace, Hollywood (DECEASED)

Suspect(s): Ervin L. Watson, 27, male, 2/18/90, 832 N.W. 10th St., Hallandale Beach (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

Homicide detectives arrested 27-year-old Ervin Watson for the murder of a good Samaritan who came to the rescue of an elderly man Watson was verbally abusing. The incident was captured by security cameras.

Just after 9 a.m. Sept. 22, BSO responded to reports of shots fired at the Kwik Stop, 5551 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. in Pembroke Park. Philip Antonino was walking from the store back to his business when he saw Watson berating an elderly man who was cutting the grass in the adjacent field. Antonino stepped in and told Watson to back off. Moments after their first words, Watson pulled out a gun and shot Antonino twice.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported Antonino to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Watson was arrested by Canadian authorities on a previous warrant. He was detained on Dec. 12 and subsequently held at the Clinton County Jail in Plattsburg, New York. He now faces charges for premeditated murder, fleeing and eluding, grand theft and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling.

Watson has seven prior arrests in Broward County starting in 2008. Charges include: grand theft, petit theft, loitering, resisting arrest, burglary, possession of burglary tools, violation of probation and eluding.

MEDIA NOTE: The surveillance video is on our website, sheriff.org.

INVESTIGATORS:
Homicide Det. V. Perez
Pembroke Park

THIS REPORT BY:
Gina Carter/PIO
12/29/17 1200


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