A 15-year-old boy fatally shot a Florida real estate agent after taking him hostage and forcing him to withdraw $1,000 from an ATM, police said.
The victim, identified only as “SB” in court records, was found dead on Feb. 1 behind the wheel of a car that crashed into a tree in front of a Fort Lauderdale house, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday.
The real estate agent was preparing to visit tenants at a four-unit dwelling in the 600 block of Northwest Terrace at about 4:30 p.m. when a suspect clad in dark clothing and a black ski mask approached, according to an arrest report.
A probable cause affidavit obtained by The Post identified the teen as Henry Lee Lewis III, of Fort Lauderdale.
The startled agent tossed down his clipboard and put his hands up before he was forced to drive Lewis to a Bank of America, where two $500 withdrawals were made, police said.
The agent got about two miles away from the bank when police say Lewis — who was in the passenger seat — shot him in the chest. The agent’s car then plowed into a fence before hitting a tree as the teen ran off, the arrest report shows.
Lewis was arrested after detectives showed neighborhood residents footage of him from nearby surveillance cameras, including from the bank, police said.
He is charged as an adult with second-degree murder and armed robbery,
Lewis was not named by the Sentinel due to his age, but Fort Lauderdale police identified him to The Post Tuesday.
Lewis made his initial court appearance on Saturday and seemed puzzled by the proceeding, the Sun Sentinel reported.
“Uh, I don’t understand … what the big words are,” he told a Broward County judge.
“I know it says you’re 15 years old, but you’ve been charged as an adult with a first count of murder while engaged in a … robbery with a firearm,” Judge John Murphy replied. “Those are not bondable offenses.”
Lewis is a ninth-grader at Cross Creek School, a K-12 institution in Pompano Beach, the probable cause affidavit shows. Three staffers from the public school identified him from the videos, police said.
The teen had already been in juvenile custody on unrelated burglary charges — as well as resisting arrest and battery on a police officer – when investigators linked him to the real estate agent’s murder, records cited by the newspaper show.
Lewis was transferred from a juvenile lockup to the Broward County Jail on Friday. Murphy denied him bond, records show.
“He’s an extremely violent offender,” Broward assistant state attorney Reno Pierre told Murphy during Saturday’s court appearance.