On June 6, Broward Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of detectives from the Violence Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response Unit (VIPER), arrested William Rodriguez, 33, for shooting a victim with a crossbow on January 16 in Pompano Beach.
VCU detectives believe Rodriguez was involved in at least four similar incidents along Copans Road from August of 2016 to the time of his arrest.
At 7:40 a.m., Alexandre Nicholas, 18, was sitting at the bus stop using his cell phone when he heard a “swoosh” sound and suddenly felt a pain in his left hand. He looked down and saw a six-inch arrow protruding from his hand.
The victim was taken to Broward Health North where he had to undergo surgery in order to remove the arrow.
Detectives were able to link Rodriguez to the shootings through DNA evidence collected from the arrows.
Rodriguez confessed to indiscriminately shooting people with a Cobra brand tactical pistol crossbow from his car. Detectives believe there may be other victims aside from the ones identified in the four ongoing BSO investigations.
Rodriguez is facing charges for premeditated attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He has prior arrests for driving with a suspended license, cannabis possession, burglary, criminal mischief and violation of probation going back to 2011. Additional charges may be pending.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Larry Heath at 954-321-4719. Reports can also be made anonymously to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.
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