MAN MURDERED TEEN HE SOLICITED ONLINE
- BSO Case Number: 07-1705-003071
- PIO Number: 17-6-10
- Date: May 25, 2017
- Time: between 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: Comfort Suites, 8301 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac
- Jurisdiction: Tamarac
- Brittney Taylor, 19, female, 1/5/98, 901 N.W. 8th St., #4, Ft. Lauderdale (DECEASED)
- Tyquan Pearson, 25, male, 11/2/91, at large (IN CUSTODY)
Description of Incident:
A Florida man is in custody for the murder of a 19-year-old girl he solicited online for a sexual encounter at a Tamarac hotel.
Around 11 a.m. on May 25, Brittney Taylor got a ride to the Comfort Suites at 8301 W. Commercial Blvd., where the man was temporarily living. That was the last time she was seen alive. Brittney’s brother reported her as a missing person, but Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives assigned to the case quickly learned they were dealing with something more sinister.
Surveillance video from the hotel showed Brittney arriving and going into room 331. About four hours later, Tyquan Pearson, 25, was seen leaving the hotel room pushing a large stroller that carried a blue storage container and other items. Detectives believe Taylor’s lifeless body was inside that container. Pearson’s unsuspecting girlfriend picked him up from the hotel. He told her he needed to drop off some things at a storage unit. Among those items was the container, which he said was full of clothing and other items to give away.
When detectives interviewed Pearson regarding the disappearance of Brittney Taylor, he said he had solicited her services that afternoon, but when his girlfriend called to say she was on her way back to the hotel, he said he told Taylor to wait until he was gone and to let herself out. According to him, she was gone upon his return.
Homicide detectives descended on a home in Ft. Lauderdale after learning that Pearson could have tried to hide the evidence of his crime at that location. While inspecting the backyard, they noticed a piece of blue plastic coming out of the ground. This was the corner piece of the blue storage container where Taylor’s decomposing remains were found buried in the backyard.
Investigators obtained a warrant for Pearson’s arrest. On June 14, BSO detectives, along with U.S. Marshals and the Norfolk Police Department, located Pearson in Virginia and took him into custody to face one count of first degree murder. He will be extradited to Broward County in the near future. The motive for the murder remains unclear.
INVESTIGATORS: Dets. Nitsch & Tutler, CID Homicide
THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 6/16/17 1015
Posted At: 06/16/2017 10:14 AM
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