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AUTO DEALERSHIP OWNER SHOOTS TEEN BURGLAR

BSO Case Number: 11-1402-005806
PIO Number: 14-5-21
Date: May 23, 2014
Time: 1:50 a.m.
Place of Occurrence: 1921 N. Dixie Hwy., Pompano Beach
Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach

Suspect(s):

  • Jonas Charles, male, 34, 9/15/79, 401 N.W. 19th Ct., Pompano Beach

Description of Incident:

 

The night after burglars stole the keys to all of the cars for sale at JC Best Auto Sales, the owner armed himself, recruited some friends to help and waited for the thieves to return. After several hours of waiting, all but one of his friends had left. Then just before 2 a.m., four young criminals arrived in a car stolen from the lot the night before and headed for a Nissan Rogue.

Lot owner Jonas Charles confronted the burglars. They scattered, and Charles fired several shots from his handgun in their direction. He cornered a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old between two box trucks on the north side of the lot and dialed 9-1-1. The 15-year-old put his hands up and said to Charles, “Please don’t shoot me,” witnesses told Broward Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit detectives. Charles shot him once in the abdomen. Afterward, dispatchers heard the teen say, “You shot me, bro.”

The teens ran in different directions. Charles chased the injured teen, yelling at him and firing another shot while on an open line with a BSO dispatcher. Deputies arrived as Charles was chasing the suspect, and they caught up to the teen, who had been shot once in the lower abdomen. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported him to Broward Health Medical Center. He survived.

Charles initially denied having a gun or shooting the burglar, instead blaming one of his friends, but eventually admitted to the shooting. Charles was arrested on a charge of attempted murder. Deputies found the 13-year-old hiding on the roof of an adjacent business. Both teens will face burglary charges. The incident from the previous night is under investigation. In addition to the keys, the burglars stole two vehicles and a laptop computer.

Detectives are looking for help from the public to identify their accomplices. Anyone with information can report it to BSO Det. Tim Metz at (954) 321-4224 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (3477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers of Broward County will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Media note: the 911 call is available at www.sheriff.org.

INVESTIGATORS: VCU Det. Metz, Sgt. Rubin; Pompano Beach FR
THIS REPORT BY:  Dani Moschella/PIO 5/28/14 1300

Attachments

  • Charles, Jonas PIO 14-5-21
  • PIO 14-5-21_911 call - The night after burglars stole the keys to all of the cars for sale at JC Best Auto Sales, the owner armed himself, recruited some friends to help and waited for the thieves to return. After several hours of waiting, all but one of his friends had left. Then just before 2 a.m., four young criminals arrived in a car stolen from the lot the night before and headed for a Nissan Rogue.

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