- BSO Case Number:
- Oakland Park
- Place of Occurrence:
- Address withheld
- Samuel Austin Shirk, 20, 12/17/2001, male, 2651 N.E. 49th St., Fort Lauderdale
Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested a 20-year-old man on Sunday on charges of sexually assaulting a minor.
According to investigators, Samuel Shirk, who goes by his middle name Austin, committed sexual assault and lewd and lascivious molestation on a young child while staying with the child and the child’s mother. Detectives believe the incidents, which also include video voyeurism, occurred over a span of several months in 2022.
The victim’s family contacted BSO on Saturday, July 2, regarding the allegations, and BSO’s Special Victims Unit immediately commenced an investigation. BSO’s Oakland Park District deputies arrested Shirk without incident on Sunday.
After being questioned by detectives at the BSO Public Safety Building, Shirk asked to use the restroom. After using the restroom and re-entering a holding cell and while handcuffed, Shirk attacked a BSO deputy. As the deputy screamed for help, a BSO detective came to her aid. Both BSO employees were able to subdue Shirk and place him in a holding cell. For this incident, Shirk is facing additional charges including battery on a law enforcement officer, attempt to escape and obstructing or depriving an officer of means of protection or communication.
Based on Shirk’s involvement with children, detectives are concerned there may be additional victims in the community. Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Special Victims Unit detective Vanessa Encina at 954-321-4689. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can also dial **TIPS (8477) from any cellphone in the United States or submit a tip through the SaferWatch App.
SVU Det. V. Encina, CID
SVU Sgt. M. Williams, CID
THIS REPORT BY:
Carey Codd/Sr. PIO