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DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN BRUTAL LAUNDROMAT ROBBERY

VIOLENT CRIMINAL STOMPED ON VICTIM’S FACE

BSO Case Number: 11-1401-003961
PIO Number: 14-1-11
Date: January 15, 2014
Time: 8:46 a.m.
Place of Occurrence: Sunnyside Coin Laundry, 1016 E. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach
Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • Thanh Lam, female, 44, 5/22/69, Coral Springs (HOSPITALIZED)

Suspect(s):

  • unidentified male (surveillance video available)

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives are searching for the violent assailant who stomped repeatedly on the head of a woman Wednesday morning during a robbery, leaving her unconscious and bloody on the floor of the Pompano Beach coin laundry she owns with her husband.

The victim, 44-year-old Thanh Lam of Coral Springs, is recovering at Broward Health North, though her injuries are severe.

At 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, a regular customer walked into the Sunnyside Coin Laundry and found Lam on the floor. He soon realized her assailant was still there, in a small closet behind the victim. The tall, slim criminal told the customer he had a gun and said not to come near him. He jumped over Lam’s body and ran out the back door. He appeared to be in his early 20s and wore all black. It’s unclear what, if anything, he stole. 

Surveillance video obtained from a nearby Hess gas station shows someone matching that description at the gas station a few minutes after the crime. The man on the video, who wore all black, asked the clerk for the restroom key and talked on a cell phone while he waited for it. Then someone in a small, green SUV picked him up.

Anyone with information about the person of interest is asked to contact Detective Victor Carrasquillo at (954) 321-4270 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.


Media Note: Surveillance video is available for download at www.sheriff.org.

INVESTIGATORS: Robbery Det. Carrasquillo, CID; Pompano Beach
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 1/16/2014 1300

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