LAUDERDALE LAKES (CBSMIAMI) — Deputies took a 14-year-old into custody, accusing him of carjacking an elderly woman at gunpoint in Lauderdale Lakes.
Broward Sheriff’s deputies arrested Shaquille Dixon on January 19th on a felony carjacking charge.
Investigators are still looking for two other people in the case and they’re asking the community to come forward if they know anything in the case or recognize the other two teens still at large.
Surveillance video from the date of the crime, January 15th, shows the group of three following the woman into a Walmart at 3001 N. State Road 7.
The same group came back out of the store as the woman made her way to her car, deputies say.
As she neared her car, the young robbers split up. Two of them flanked the woman while the third approached her from the front, pointing a gun at her and demanded the keys to her 2015 Toyota Corolla.
“My answer was, ‘Why?’ — and smiling. ‘Give me the key,” the victim told CBS4 News last week. “I was friendly because they were kids.”
Her identity has been concealed for her safety.
The woman complied and the three robbers nearly hit her when they pulled out of the parking space.
It was Dixon’s own mother who turned him in. She did not want to show her face when being interviewed by CBS4’s Ted Scouten.
“It is really difficult for me,” she said. “I’m the one who turned my son in. I do not condone anything like this. When I saw it, I call the police right away and have them come and get him.”
The 81-year-old woman who was robbed was saddened to hear Dixon is so young, wondering why anyone would come after her. She also did not want to reveal her identify.
“Where are we going, where is the future for that kind of kids. Terrible,” the elderly victim said. “And that upset me from that moment when that happened, it upset me. But I am getting better.”
Dixon’s mom said what really bothered her is realizing that the woman who was robbed is about the same age as Dixon’s own grandmother.
“His grandmother’s the same age, this is what I said to him, ‘this is like the age of your grandma, do you know what you were doing?’” she said.
Dixon’s mom said the other two boys who were with her son are friends from grade school. BSO is still on the lookout of them.
Meanwhile, the victim in all this said she’s scared to go out but is getting better, thanks to her family.
“My kids they give me a lot of love, they give me security and love,” she said.
CBS4’s Mike Cugno caught up with the victim’s daughter, who did not want to give her name.
She was relieved progress is being made in bringing the suspects to justice.
“Well I was very upset what happened to her but I’m so happy they found him,” she said. “It was on the news and the next day the boy was found.”
Anyone with information in the case are urged to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.
Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.