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CORAL SPRINGS (CBS4) – A Coral Springs man charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother over the weekend will remain behind bars.

During a hearing Monday, a judge denied bond for 30-year old Dee Jony Etienne.

Police were called to the home Etienne shared with his mother on Riverside Drive after a neighbor called police to say that he was beating her on the walkway in front of the residence.

“She said ‘help me’. She said it in Creole though. ‘Help me. I’m dying. Help me’. And I called the cops,” witness Abnel Benjamin said.

Benjamin lives across the street from the home where Joceleine Pericles, 53, was stabbed multiple times Saturday night.

“It was crazy,” Benjamin said. “I was shaking when I see the girl on the floor.”

Blood stains mark the spot where Benjamin says he saw a shirtless man attacking the woman. He said the man was trying to drag the woman back inside the front door.

“I think he don’t want nobody to see,” Benjamin recalled. “She’s on the floor like ‘help me, help me. I’m dying’.”

Pericles was transported to North Broward Medical Center where she later died.

Police said Etienne fled the scene. He was later spotted running south on Riverside Drive toward a wooded area at the corner of Sample Road. The search for Etienne included the Broward Sheriff’s Office helicopter, the SWAT team, and the Coral Springs K9 unit. He was taken into custody several hours later.

In addition to the murder charge, Etienne is also facing a charge of resisting arrest without violence.


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