FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A man who shot and killed a good Samaritan who came to the rescue of an elderly person in Pembroke Park has been picked up in Canada.
The shooting happened September 22nd at the Kwik Stop store on W Hallandale Beach Boulevard.
According to records, Watson had been living in Canada since the incident.
Philip Antonino was walking from the store back to his business when he saw Ervin Watson, 27, berating an elderly man who was cutting the grass in the adjacent field. Antonino stepped in and told Watson to back off.
Moments after their first words, Watson pulled out a gun and shot Antonino twice.
The incident was captured by security cameras.
Antonino was taken to a local hospital where he died. Antonino owns the auto shop next door to the gas station.
His brother, Luciano, and his friends were thrilled at the news of Watson’s capture.
“My world has been turned upside down for the past three months. It’s probably been the most worst time of my life. This doesn’t bring him back but justice always helps,” said Luciano Antonino.
Watson’s court hearing was postponed but court records reveal where he has been and how he was captured.
On December 12th, Watson was detained in Canada on a previous warrant. He was later taken to the Clinton County Jail in Plattsburg, New York on an outstanding warrant on unrelated charges out of Broward County.
On December 15th, a crime stoppers tip identified the man in the video as Ervin Watson. BSO detectives conducted a photo lineup with all of the witnesses. While checking the nationwide database, they discovered Watson was sitting in jail in New York.
The victim’s family and friends say they are thankful he’s finally off the streets.
“It’s going to be a good night. We can have a couple of drinks to celebrate and celebrate his life. It’s gonna be a good night, thank you,” said Luciano.
He now faces charges of premeditated murder, fleeing and eluding, grand theft and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling.
Watson has seven prior arrests in Broward County starting in 2008. Charges include grand theft, petit theft, loitering, resisting arrest, burglary, possession of burglary tools, violation of probation and eluding.