Robbers who shot at North Lauderdale teen caught
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Well after midnight Sept. 11, an urgent knock at the front door of a North Lauderdale house awakened a 13-year-old boy sleeping
inside. A surveillance video captured three would-be robbers outside. One fired two shots into the door, missing the young teen who had been standing on the other side a few minutes before.
After following an anonymous tip called in to Crime Stoppers of Broward County, Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives found Bernadette Vedder, the 19-year-old woman who knocked on the door and subsequently stared directly into the video camera as it recorded the crime. Vedder was arrested Sept. 18. Her masked, gun-toting cohort, David Brown, was arrested Sept. 22. Detectives identified Keith Mitchell, who was arrested Tuesday, as the shooter. They face charges of attempted armed burglary, attempted armed robbery and shooting a deadly missile.
Detectives say Vedder asked the boy for his mother, saying she was a cousin. Not recognizing her voice, the teen didn’t open the door and walked away. Mitchell then tried to kick the door open and fired two shots into the door. Wood and debris floated into the camera lens, and when it cleared, the
suspects had disappeared. The bullets went through the front door, and the rounds lodged in walls in the bedroom closet and master bathroom.
Detectives believe the trio’s motive was robbery and that Mitchell shot at the doorknob in a frustrated attempt to get into the house after the teen refused to open the door.
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