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BSO HUNTING HOME INVASION SUSPECTS

BSO Case Number: NL03-1-1132
PIO Number: 03-1-26
Date: January 16, 2003
Place of Occurrence: 2045 Cove Lake Road, North Lauderdale, FL (Cypress Cove Apartments)

Victim(s):

  • Sharon Fowler, 24, 2/5/78, 2045 Cove Lake Road, North Lauderdale, FL
  • Maurizio Bethel, 28, 9/11/74, resident of the Bahamas, address unknown

Suspect(s):

  • Unknown – Reward offered through Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff's Office Robbery detectives are looking for two men behind a Thursday afternoon home invasion robbery in North Lauderdale.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. on January 16, 2003, according to investigators, 24-year old Sharon Fowler returned to her apartment and her boyfriend, Maurizio Bethel, visiting from his home in the Bahamas. Moments later, two men, armed with at least one handgun, entered Fowler’s apartment at 2045 Cove Lake Road. Using duct tape, the suspects restrained the woman and her boyfriend and ordered the couple to turn over their money. Apparently the demands for money were not met quickly enough and one of the suspects shot Bethel in the upper right arm. The home invaders fled a short time later, having taken an undetermined amount of cash.

Bethel was able to remove enough of the duct tape so as to free himself and Fowler. Because there was no telephone in the apartment, the now freed couple walked to the apartment complex office to notify the Broward Sheriff's Office of what had just happened.

Bethel was taken to North Broward Medical Center. His injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

Both victims in this case were able to give BSO detectives only sketchy descriptions of the robbers. Both suspects reportedly spoke with Jamaican accents. One of them was wearing a black shirt and a camouflage cloth over his face. No physical description of the second suspect was provided.

The Broward Sheriff's Office is asking for help with this case. Anyone with information about this home invasion robbery should call Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be available for anonymous information leading detectives to the suspects.

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. L. Pugliese, A. Rubin, & J. Mellies, CI/Robbery, D-15
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 1/16/02 4:45 p.m.

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