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TRUCK STOP HOMICIDE SUSPECT IDENTIFIED FROM SURVEILLANCE VIDEO

BSO DETECTIVES ASKING FOR PUBLIC’S HELP

BSO Case Number: WS12-09-01054
PIO Number: 12-10-11 (12-9-24a)
Date: September 20, 2012
Time: 2:15 a.m.
Place of Occurrence: Seminole Truck Stop, 4690 US Hwy 27, Weston
Jurisdiction: Weston

Victim(s):

  • Kimberlyn Clarke, 28, female, Plantation (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • Ronnie Lanard Tyson, male, 20, 11/25/91, 2820 NW 55th Ave., #1-D, Lauderhill

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives investigating the death of 28-year-old Kimberlyn Clarke have identified one suspect in her homicide and are asking for the public’s help finding him.

Ronnie Lanard Tyson, 20, was captured on video at the Seminole Truck Stop in the early-morning hours of Sept. 20. Clarke had been attending a Jamaican Night event at the Café 27 Tiki Bar when Tyson and another man decided to rob another attendee. Surveillance video captured Tyson spraying pepper spray in the man’s face to distract him as his accomplice tried to yank the silver chain and medallion from his neck. The pepper spray drifted into the large crowd, and people began to run.

As Clarke inhaled the spray, she struggled to breathe, calling for help as she ran and falling to the ground. About 20 minutes later, other attendees realized she was unconscious and called for help. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue paramedics transported Clarke to the hospital in critical condition. She never regained consciousness and died Sept. 29.

Detectives initially released surveillance video that showed the robbery and both suspects running off camera. The robbery victim is seen on video retrieving his handgun from his car and running after them, only to retreat moments later after spotting an FHP trooper working an off-duty detail at the truck stop. A second surveillance video released by detectives showed Tyson at the truck stop convenience store about two hours before pepper spraying the crowd. They received multiple Crime Stoppers tips identifying Tyson and are asking for the public’s help finding him and identifying the second suspect.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call BSO Homicide Det. Kevin Forsberg at (954) 321-4210 or contact Broward Crime Stoppers anonymously at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

INVESTIGATORS: Homicide Det. K. Forsberg, V. Perez, Sgt. Feeley, CID Weston
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO October 11, 2012 1015

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