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SUSPECT CHARGED IN BOY'S MURDER

PIO Number: 02-10-15

SUSPECT CHARGED IN BOY’S MURDER

BSO Case Number: PB02-10-2244 (Update 3)

Place of Occurrence: 830 NW 5 Avenue, Pompano Beach

Victim(s): Jawon Matthews, 12, 4075 Lakeside Dr., Tamarac (DECEASED)

Suspect(s): Vondyleyn Sutton, 31, 7/17/71, male, 2340 NW 14 Ct., Ft. Lauderdale

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives have charged a 31-year-old man with the Sunday afternoon murder of a 12-year-old boy, killed as he sat in the front yard of a Pompano Beach home.

The investigation has revealed that the suspect, Vondylen Sutton, drove to the Lumsdon residence at 2:30 p.m. looking for a man who had knocked his friend’s tooth out in a fight. Sutton exited his car carrying a large revolver in his hand. Several adults were in the front yard, talking and playing cards, while 12-year-old Jawon Matthews sat in a plastic lawn chair. Jawon frequently spent time with the Lumsdons, described as his Godparents (not grandparents). Sutton shouted, “Y’all ain’t gonna get up and leave?!” Hearing that and seeing Sutton’s gun, the adults all ran away. Young Jawon, however, remained in his chair. Sutton fired a round, knocking Jawon out of his seat. He then aimed his weapon at the wounded boy and fired again, striking him a second time. Jawon was airlifted to Broward General Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 6:45 p.m.

Through an intensive, around-the-clock investigation, BSO detectives determined that Vondylen Sutton was the killer. At about 10:30 a.m. today, they learned that Sutton was at a house at 2340_NW 14 Ct. in Fort Lauderdale. Deputies established a perimeter in the area, the BSO SWAT team surrounded the house, and Sutton was ordered to come out. He surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody, along with an uninvolved female acquaintance.

Sutton is being charged with First Degree Murder and will be held without bond in BSO’s Main Jail.

INVESTIGATORS: THIS REPORT BY:
Homicide Det. Ilarraza, CI Jim Leljedal /PIO
Homicide Sgt. B. O’Neil, CI October 9, 2002 1600

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