No Bond For Suspect In T.G.I. Friday’s Cook Murder
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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – The man wanted for the murder of a T.G.I.F. chef in Pembroke Pines has been arrested and was ordered held without bond Friday.
Luke Chamberlain, 33, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for first degree murder in the death of Antoine Gracius, according to Pembroke Pines Police Department Captain Dan Rakofsky.
It was 1:30 a.m. on April 14th when Gracius was stabbed several times during an attack outside the T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant on 90 N. University Drive. The father of nine children who worked as a chef for about five years, was leaving work for the night when the attack took place.
The attacker grabbed a gold chain from his neck before driving off in a dark-colored mini-van.
Surveillance video showed Gracius walking out of the restaurant and shortly thereafter banging on the door and staggering. He was rushed to the hospital but died as a result of his injuries.
Police said they found a shirt at the scene and that shirt came back with Gracius’ DNA on it.
“Just happy they caught who did that to him,” said Claudette Fils Aime, a cousin of Gracius.
Family members said Gracius moved to the U.S. from Haiti nine years ago and sent money to his wife and nine children back in Haiti.
“Now, they don’t have anybody,” Fils Aime said. “We help them when we can.”