Arrest made in mysterious killing of 14-year-old boy in Florida.
Florida police made an arrest in the killing of Ryan Rogers, a 14-year-old boy who was found dead after going for a bike ride.
A disturbed “homeless drifter” with a long rap sheet has been arrested in the murder of a 14-year-old Florida schoolboy who was found dead after going for a bike ride last month, police announced Thursday.
Semmie Lee Williams, 39, was arrested in Miami late Wednesday in connection to the murder of high school freshman Ryan Rogers, authorities confirmed at a press conference.
The teen was found dead on Nov. 16 on Central Boulevard near the Interstate 95 overpass in Palm Beach Gardens — and his death quickly ruled a “deliberate act.”
Ryan Rogers Suspect Video
It “appears to be a completely random act” with no apparent motive, the chief said.
“I would best describe it as an innocent child victim having a chance encounter with a very violent criminal,” Shannon said, calling Williams a “homeless drifter.”
Palm Beach Gardens police chief Clinton Shannon said that the teen had been “stabbed to death” by a “dangerous monster.”
Williams’ DNA was then found at the murder scene, and his YouTube videos — which often show him ranting disturbing conspiracy theories — put him in the area around the time of the murder, The Miami Herald said.
Ryan Rogers Suspect Photos
Those same online videos helped investigators track him down to Miami, the paper noted.
He was tracked down on Friday, but committed to a hospital under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows for the involuntary commitment of someone who is a danger to himself or others, the report said.
He was then arrested Wednesday and charged and first-degree murder with a weapon, online records show. He is due to make his first appearance in court at 10 a.m. Thursday.
He has a long rap sheet stretching nearly 20 years, with arrests in several states, including Georgia and California, where he was deemed a “fugitive from justice,” police said.
They include charges for domestic battery, violating restraining orders, carrying a concealed weapon and aggravated assault with strangulation, Shannon announced.
Williams’ YouTube videos also showed a disturbed mind, rambling about conspiracies and with titles like “gang stalking” and “evil stalkers standing in the middle of the road,” the Miami paper said.
One complains about “police they hit me with electric weapons to give me cancer.”
“They have chips planted all over my body right and they reading my mind through my ears and they be tearing up my shoes,” another says.