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PURSE SNATCHING VICTIM WOUNDED AND DESPERATE FOR HELP
Date: May 18, 2017 – PIO Number: 17-5-21
PURSE SNATCHING VICTIM WOUNDED –Broward Sheriff’s Office Robbery Unit detectives are searching for a crew of five young males involved in a robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The incident began at an all-night breakfast restaurant and ended with some very harrowing moments for the victim.
At 4:15 a.m. May 5, while visiting from out of town, Cayla Akien and her boyfriend decided to stop at the Waffle House located at 4840 N.W. Ninth Ave. in Oakland Park. As she slept in the passenger seat and her boyfriend went inside to grab some food, a male jumped into the car and grabbed the victim’s purse. The victim struggled with the man, but the thief managed to take the purse and flee.
What the victim didn’t realize is that the thief and his four accomplices drove away in two separate cars, a silver four-door car and a black four-door Ford Fusion. The thief was in the silver car but the victim erroneously pursued the Fusion.
They drove onto southbound I-95 and soon after exited onto westbound Sunrise Boulevard. The suspects realized they were being followed and stopped their car. One of the males exited the silver four-door and began firing at the victim’s car. She immediately put her car in reverse and then sped forward past the shooter.
PURSE SNATCHING VICTIM WOUNDED
Disoriented and wounded, she continued to drive, frantically looking for help. She tried to flag down a passerby but was unsuccessful. She made her way back to Sunrise Boulevard where she remembered seeing a BSO deputy minutes earlier.
The victim was shot in the ankle, she was subsequently transported to Broward Health Medical Center for her injuries.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Broward Sheriff’s Office Det. Trevor Goodwin at 954-321-4275. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.