Teen to remain in juvenile detention following burglary, police chase
Nakia Simeton Jr., 17, to remain in detention for 21 days
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A 17-year-old boy arrested after a police chase in Broward County Tuesday appeared before a judge Wednesday in juvenile court.
Nakia Simeton Jr. was arrested in Pembroke Pines after allegedly attempting to break into a home.
He told the judge that he wished to stay at the detention center for the time being, which the judge agreed with saying it would be a great way for him to "sit and think about his situation."
Simeton will be held at the detention center for at least the next 21 days.
He has a previous arrest history and the state could decide to charge him as an adult.
Simeton's grandmother told Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic that she is raising her grandson and said that he attends Sheridan Technical College. She claimed to be unaware of his previous charges.
According to police, Simeton and Bryan Lindor, 23, were arrested following a burglary in Cooper City.
Pembroke Pines police followed a stolen Kia that the suspects were allegedly riding it, but eventually lost track of the car.
Residents in the area of Northwest 98th Terrace and Fourth Street told Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez that they saw the accused thieves trying to break into a home and held them off until police arrived.
"They ran across my yard -- this yard and then this yard," Enrique Garcia said. "Pretty much, neighbors confronted them, gave them enough time for the cops to kind of corner one of them."
Officers were able to arrest Simeton, but the other suspect took off in the stolen car. Police said the car struck several trees and damaged a fence while getting away.
Broward sheriff's deputies arrested Lindor in West Park after he struck a truck in the area of Southwest 48th Avenue and 27th Street that had two people inside.
"He decided to run away from his car after the accident," BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said. "While he was running, he realized he had left some incriminating evidence inside the car, at least his interpretation of it. He decided to go back to the car to get that evidence, and minutes later he was in custody."
Suarez said the evidence was a can of iced tea.
Neither of the victims inside the truck were injured in the crash.
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