Ryan Rogers stabbed to dying by ‘homeless drifter’ in ‘fully random act,’ police say

Ryan Rogers stabbed to death by 'homeless drifter' in 'completely random act,' police say

2021-12-03 20:32:02

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A 14-year-old Palm Seashore Gardens boy was stabbed to dying by a “homeless drifter” in what seems to have been “a very random act,” the town’s police chief stated Thursday.

Semmie Williams Jr., 39, was arrested on a cost of first-degree homicide Wednesday night time.

Palm Seashore Gardens Police Chief Clint Shannon stated there did not seem like a motive aside from an “harmless baby sufferer having an opportunity encounter with a really violent prison.”

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Shannon stated Williams, who was arrested in Miami, had no ties to Palm Seashore County or Palm Seashore Gardens.

“None by any means,” he stated. “It is a thriller to us why this man was in our neighborhood, however, once more, now we have proof that locations him on the scene and makes him accountable for the homicide of this baby.”

Based on a possible trigger affidavit, DNA proof collected on the scene linked Williams to the crime.

Shannon stated Williams has a prolonged prison historical past of a number of violent acts.

Williams was being held with out bond on the fundamental Palm Seashore County jail.

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Shannon praised the work of investigators for his or her diligent efforts that led to the arrest.

“They introduced some solutions to the household they usually eliminated a really harmful monster from our streets,” Shannon stated.

Shannon stated there was no data that anybody aside from Williams was accountable.

Contact 5 investigative reporter Michael Buczyner requested the chief whether or not he believed Williams ought to have been incarcerated.

“Individuals can draw their very own conclusion on that,” Shannon stated.

The 14-year-old William T. Dwyer Group Excessive College freshman and avid soccer fanatic was discovered lifeless Nov. 16 close to the Central Boulevard sidewalk on the Interstate 95 overpass, lower than 24 hours after his mom reported him lacking, police stated. A bicycle was discovered close to the physique.

Cindi Rogers wrote on Fb that her son went out for a bicycle experience early within the night on Nov. 15 and did not return residence.

Palm Seashore Gardens police later stated {the teenager} was the sufferer of a murder and never a traffic-related collision.

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Shannon decried the misinformation being shared on social media, together with some suspicion directed on the teen’s dad and mom.

“The dad and mom have been nothing aside from forthright and cooperative with us,” Shannon stated.

Shannon additionally defended his division’s perceived secrecy concerning the investigation, saying police “put out what we felt was needed to guard the general public.”

“We had been engaged on investigative leads,” he stated. “We’re not going to compromise the case.”

When requested if he thought Williams was concerned in another crimes, Shannon stated it’s a part of the continuing investigation.


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