FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – One of two men suspected in a robbery which led to the death of a woman at a Weston truck stop last month has been taken into custody.
Kenyatta Simario Grant, 21, has been charged with one count of murder while engaged in a felony offense in the death of Kimberlyn Clarke, 28, on September 20th. He is currently being held without bond.
The second suspect in the case, Ronnie Lanard Tyson, remains at large. 12-9-24
Sheriff’s investigators said Clarke was attending a Jamaican Night event at the Café 27 Tiki Bar at the Seminole Truck Stop when Grant and Tyson robbed another attendee. She died after she fell and hit her head.
Surveillance video captured Tyson spraying pepper spray in the man’s face to distract him as Grant tried to yank the silver chain and medallion from his neck, according to the sheriff’s office. The pepper spray drifted into the large crowd, and people began to run.
As Clarke inhaled the spray, she struggled to breathe, fell and hit her head on the rear bumper of a van.
“Witnesses told detectives that as she was running, she was saying, ‘I can’t breathe, can somebody please help me. It was about 20 minutes later that people realized she was still down on the ground unconscious,” said BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue paramedics transported Clarke to the hospital in critical condition. She never regained consciousness and died Sept. 29. The autopsy found she died from the pepper spray.
“That was a deadly spray,” said Crossfield, “and that’s not pepper spray; it must be something more terrible.”
The robbery victim is seen on video retrieving his handgun from his car and running after them, only to retreat moments later after spotting an FHP trooper working an off-duty detail at the truck stop.
A second surveillance video released by detectives showed Tyson at the truck stop convenience store about two hours before pepper spraying the crowd.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call BSO Homicide Det. Kevin Forsberg at (954) 321-4210 or contact Broward Crime Stoppers anonymously at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.