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ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT SURRENDERS

BSO Case Number: DN03-01-528
PIO Number: 03-1-52
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Time: 1025
Place of Occurrence: Ron Cochran Public Safety Building, 2601 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Victim(s):

  • 1) Delroy Watson, 7306 NW 64 Court, Tamarac (PARALYZED)
  • 2) Robert Johnson, 201 1 Balmont Lane, Tamarac

Suspect(s):

  • Roan Peart, 30, 12/8/72, 4410 NW 187 Terrace, Miami

Description of Incident:

Detectives from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Aggravated Felonies Unit have charged 30-year old Roan Peart with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a motorist in the back, causing him to be paralyzed.

The arrest stems from an early morning shooting that occurred on January 6, 2003 in Dania Beach. According to investigators, shortly before 3:00 a.m., friends Delroy Watson and Robert Johnson walked out of the Harbor Grille restaurant in Dania Beach. While standing in the restaurant’s parking lot, both Watson and Johnson claim they saw a gun-wielding Peart exit his Ford F-150, parked nearby. As the victims drove off together, they noticed Peart and three other suspects get into the defendant’s truck and drive away.

Moments later, at the corner of North Federal Hwy and Old Griffin Road, Peart’s truck drove up along side the victim’s vehicle, which was stopped at a red light. Multiple gunshots were then fired from Peart’s truck into the victim’s car. Watson was immediately hit in the back, while Johnson was not injured. After the shooting, Peart and the other three suspects fled the scene in the Ford F-150.

A critically injured Watson was transported to an area hospital where emergency surgery failed to save him from partial paralysis. He is paralyzed from the waist down.

BSO investigators immediately launched an investigation and began to search for the suspect. Detectives learned that two months prior to the shooting, Peart and Watson were involved in a heated argument over the repossession of Waston’s cousin’s car. Peart was apparently involved in the repossession. During a photographic line-up, both Watson and Johnson positively identified Peart as their assailant.

On January 29, 2003, Peart’s attorney surrendered the Miami resident to BSO detectives. The suspect was additionally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into an occupied conveyance. Peart, who has a lengthy criminal record, is being held without bond at BSO’s Main Jail.

INVESTIGATORS: Sgt. E. Baker/ CI, Det. J. Kessling/ CI
THIS REPORT BY: Liz Calzadilla/ PIO 1/30/03 3:15 p.m.

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