LAUDERHILL (CBS4) – CBS4 News has learned that authorities have finally arrested a man they have been seeking for six and a half years and who is suspected of gunning down two people in 2004 in what one victim’s family then said was an act of jealous rage.
“When I heard the news, I said, oh my God, thank you Lord,” said Merl Stewart, the mother of one of the victims, 25-year-old Tanesha Stobbs. “Oh my God, I prayed night and day oh Lord for this to come.”
Stobbs told CBS4′s Peter D’Oench in an exclusive interview, “I feel joyful and grateful because many nights, I don’t sleep at night. I have sleepless nights. He robbed me of my life, all my life.”
CBS4 has learned that the suspect, 36-year-old Omar Williams, was arrested Wednesday morning in Orlando by Orlando County Sheriffs deputies. He was booked into the Orange County jail with a note that he was wanted in Broward County on first-degree murder charges.
Williams had been wanted for questioning by the Broward Sheriffs Office ever since Stobbs and 38-year-old Michael Robinson were found shot to death inside Stobbs’ Inverrary Village apartment on October 8th of 2004. They were both cooks at the same restaurant and had failed to show up for work.
It’s not clear how Williams eluded authorities for six and a half years or what he had been doing. CBS4 has learned BSO will announce the arrest on Thursday morning and will have more details then.
When D’Oench showed Stobbs’s sister, Kennesha Stobbs, a booking photo of Williams that was taken in Orlando, she yelld out, “Yes, that’s him.” And then she broke down in tears.
“Oh my God, it brings so much to my heart, my sister, she’s been gone several years, Oh my God,” said Kennesha Stobbs. “I’ve been waiting for this for 7 years. I have bee waiting for this day to come. The day they catch the man that killed my sister. I feel 100 per cent better. I am so happy. I am so relieved.”
“He took part of my life and the life of my sister. That’s all I had and he took it away from me for no reason. I thank you Jesus for this arrest.”
Kennesha told D’Oench that her sister dreamed of one day becoming a nursing assistant who would help the elderly.
“He’s got to pay,” she said. “I hope he pays.”
Merl Stewart said originally in 2004 that she had known Williams for many years, even when they were both living in Jamaica. She said at the time she was bothered by his crude language and disrespectful behavior.