LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. — One of three Florida teens accused of carjacking an 81-year-old woman outside a Wal-Mart store has been arrested, thanks to his mother, who turned him in to police.
The 14-year-old boy is facing a felony carjacking charge. The two other teens are still at large, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
An arrest report says the teen confessed on Friday to his part in the carjacking of Albina Curik in the store’s parking lot. Investigators said surveillance video showed three teens surrounding the woman as she left the store. One approached her with a gun and demanded her keys.
Detectives say that the teens targeted an elderly woman at Wal-Mart, followed her out to the parking lot and carjacked her.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office released surveillance video that showed the three teens following the victim into the store from the parking lot of the Walmart and then re-emerging in the parking lot once she had finished her shopping. This took place on Monday, January 15, at the Walmart located at 3001 N. State Road 7, in Lauderdale Lakes.
As the woman made her way back to her car, the three young robbers split up; two of them flanked the victim while a third approached from the front. Deputies say that he quickly pointed a gun at the victim and demanded the keys to the victim’s brown 2015 Toyota Corolla. The victim complied.
Deputies say that the three robbers fled so abruptly that they nearly struck her with the car as they pulled out of the parking space.
Chief Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes tells the Sun Sentinel it appears to be the first time the teen has been in “this sort of trouble.”
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact BSO Detective Armando Enrique at 954-321-4229 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.