SHARP-EYED SERGEANT SPOTS SUSPECT IN POMPANO BEACH HOMICIDE

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office
PIO Number:
20-8-17A
BSO Case Number:
11-2008-003168 (UPDATE)
Date:
August 11, 2020
Time:
9:38 p.m. 
Jurisdiction:
Pompano Beach 
Place of Occurrence:
14 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach 
Victim:
Joseph Surace, 28, 8/25/91, male, at large Broward County (DECEASED)
Suspect:
Ruddy Germain, 35, 6/11/85, male, Pompano Beach (IN CUSTODY)
Description of Incident:
A Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide sergeant spotted a suspect who fled after he shot and killed a homeless man in Pompano Beach last week.

Through video surveillance and witnesses, homicide detectives were able to identify the suspect as Ruddy Germain. On Wednesday, August 19, shortly after 7 p.m., Homicide Sergeant Kevin Forsberg was conducting surveillance in the 400 block of Northeast 22nd Avenue in Pompano Beach when he observed Germain walking and took him into custody.

At approximately 9:38 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, Broward County Regional Communications received a call in reference to a shooting between the Burger King and 7-Eleven on North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. A subsequent call was received at approximately 9:41 p.m. in reference to the shooting at 14 N. Federal Highway. 

BSO deputies responded, and upon their arrival, they located a victim, identified as Joseph Surace, suffering from a gunshot. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded and transported Surace to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Further investigation revealed that Surace and Germain knew each other and were involved in a verbal altercation, which led to the shooting.

Germain faces one count of second degree murder.

INVESTIGATORS:
Det. Tiberio Barbosa - Homicide
Sgt. Bryan Tutler - Homicide

THIS REPORT BY:
Miranda Grossman/PIO
8/20/20 1430

Pompano Beach District; PBFR