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Florida teenager, 15, took real estate agent hostage at gunpoint before he shot him dead


Stefano Barbosa, 37, died from a gunshot wound to the chest after being held hostage by a 15-year-old before being shot last month

A Florida teenager has been charged as an adult with second-degree murder and armed robbery after taking a real estate agent hostage at gunpoint last month and shooting him dead.

The 15-year-old allegedly forced the victim, 37, to a nearby ATM where he took out $1,000 before shooting the hostage in the chest while he was still behind the wheel of the car.

The teen ran from the scene, but Fort Lauderdale cops were able to track down him down using surveillance footage.

He was already in juvenile custody on unrelated charges for burglaries, resisting arrest and battery on a police officer but transferred to Broward County Jail to be charged as an adult on Friday. 

The incident happened at around 4.30pm on February 1 as the victim, named by the Sun Sentinel as Stefano Barbosa, was about to visit tenants at a quadruplex in the 600 block of Northwest 15th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale.

He was approached by the armed suspect, who has not been named because of his age, wearing dark clothes and a black ski cap mask.

Police say that surveillance footage showed Barbosa dropped his clipboard and raised his hands before the teen forced him back into his car, a black sedan.

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Barbosa was forced to drive to an ATM and take out $1,000 before the teen made him drive a further two miles and then shot him as he drove. Barbosa slammed through the fence around the front of a house and crashed into a tree (as pictured on the scene above)

Barbosa was forced to drive to an ATM and take out $1,000 before the teen made him drive a further two miles and then shot him as he drove. Barbosa slammed through the fence around the front of a house and crashed into a tree (as pictured on the scene above)

The suspect fled the scene and police believed Barbosa had simply crashed until they smashed open the window of the black sedan and saw he had been shot (as pictured)

The suspect fled the scene and police believed Barbosa had simply crashed until they smashed open the window of the black sedan and saw he had been shot (as pictured)

Barbosa was forced to drive for a mile to a Bank of America on the 500 block of Northwest Sixth Street.

He made two withdrawals of $500 from the ATM before returning to the car.

The suspect then forced Barbosa to drive for two miles more while he sat in the passenger seat before shooting him multiple times in the chest. 

The car crashed through a chain-link fence and hit a tree in the 500 block of Northwest 19th Avenue, at around 5pm, just 30 minutes after Barbosa had been taken hostage. 

The suspect immediately fled.

The car had come close to crashing into a home, but it suffered minimal damage and no one inside the building was hurt.

The home’s resident, who identified himself to NBC Miami as only Wayne, said that when he came from his house, he believed the man was injured after crashing through the fence.

He said he tried to hit on the window but called 911 when Barbosa didn’t move.

‘When I walked outside, the car was on top of the palm tree and the tires were spinning,’ Wayne said. ‘And I was beating on the window and the guy wasn’t responding at all. He had his head turned to the side.’ 

Barbosa was forced to drive for a mile to a Bank of America on the 500 block of Northwest Sixth Street. He made two withdrawals of $500 from the ATM before returning to the car

Barbosa was forced to drive for a mile to a Bank of America on the 500 block of Northwest Sixth Street. He made two withdrawals of $500 from the ATM before returning to the car

Police thought they were arriving to the scene of a crash but it quickly turned into a homicide investigation when Barbosa's gunshot wound was discovered. He died at the scene

Police thought they were arriving to the scene of a crash but it quickly turned into a homicide investigation when Barbosa’s gunshot wound was discovered. He died at the scene

As Barbosa's car crashed, it barely missed a house but he was the only casulty

As Barbosa’s car crashed, it barely missed a house but he was the only casulty

When police arrived, they cut open the car and discovered that Barbosa had died from gunshot wounds. He was declared dead at the scene.

Investigators were initially perplexed as it was unclear where Barbosa had been shot. 

The 15-year-old was tracked down after grabs from surveillance footage from the neighborhood and the bank were shown to neighbors.

After speaking to locals, police identified the suspect as a student in Cross Creek School in Pompano Beach.

Detectives spoke to teachers at the school, three of whom were able to identify the suspect.

Investigators also found evidence on the teen’s cellphone which linked him to the crime, including a Google search to an article on the death of the real estate agent which had been read a day after Barbosa’s death. 

Barbosa, 37, was about to visit tenants at a quadruplex in the 600 block of Northwest 15th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale. He was approached by the armed suspect, who has not been named because of his age, wearing dark clothes and a black ski cap mask

Barbosa, 37, was about to visit tenants at a quadruplex in the 600 block of Northwest 15th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale. He was approached by the armed suspect, who has not been named because of his age, wearing dark clothes and a black ski cap mask

Barbosa was seen in surveillance footage dropping his clipboard and holding his hands up

Barbosa was seen in surveillance footage dropping his clipboard and holding his hands up

The teen made his fist court appearance on Saturday, where he appeared confused by the proceedings, the Sun Sentinel reports. 

‘Uh, I don’t understand … what the big words are,’ he told Broward Judge John Murphy.

An obituary for Barbosa says he was born in Brazil before moving to Florida as a child

An obituary for Barbosa says he was born in Brazil before moving to Florida as a child

‘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 [second count of] … robbery with a firearm,’ Murphy responded. ‘Those are not bondable offenses.’ 

The teen now faces second-degree murder and armed robbery charges.

Broward State Attorney Harold F. Pryor explained that the decision was made to charge the boy as an adult so he could secure the best ‘treatment, help and services’ for his offences.

‘These types of decisions are very difficult to make but I believe this is the correct decision in this case and in these circumstances,’ Pryor said.

‘This young person’s issues are so significant that they require treatment, help and services beyond what the juvenile system can provide at this time.’

‘Any juvenile charge would mean that the person would be released after three years in the system and could only be kept under supervision in the community until age 21,’ he added.

An obituary for Barbosa says he was born in Brazil before moving to Florida as a child. 

His family has celebrated him as ‘a person who seldom had a bad day’, whowas ‘fortunate enough to love life and live it to the fullest extent’. 



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