Alert neighbors instrumental in arrests of burglars
Boca Raton, FL – On Tuesday, September 13 at just before 10:00 AM, a resident of Boca Madera, from the 3400 block of NW 25th Way, saw two unknown males in his neighbor’s backyard and called the Boca Raton Police.
When Boca Raton Police officers arrived they found two females inside a black SUV parked in front of the home. The two females, identified as Kierra Harold and Kadyja Williams, were taken into custody without incident. Officers set up a perimeter around the house and caught one male, identified as Cedric Houston, as he ran out the back of the residence. The second male, identified as Roger O’Neal, was apprehended as he exited the home through the front door.
All four suspects gave detectives different stories about what they were doing in Boca Raton. The inside of the house was processed by a Crime Scene technician and physical evidence was found linking Houston and O’Neal to the crime. All four are charged with burglary to a dwelling.
Cedric Houston Roger O’Neal
DOB 7/27/1989 DOB 09/19/1980
Lauderhill, FL Ft.Lauderdale, FL
Kierra Harold Kadyja Williams
DOB 04/30/1993 17 years old
Miramar, FL Lauderhill, FL
Later the same day, at about 4:25 in the afternoon, another alert neighbor in the 600 block of SW 4th Avenue called to report two suspicious males loitering in the neighborhood. The resident confronted the males on the west side of her house and they fled. Officers arrived in the area and spoke with a landscaper who said he had seen the two males walking around the neighborhood going into various backyards and pointed out a specific house where he had last seen them. As officers were checking that house, the two males walked out the front door of the home and across the yard. Officers told the two suspects, later identified as Jonathan Clay and Jose Hernandez, to stop, but they ran. As Clay ran he reached into his pocket and threw jewelry into the bushes before complying with the officers’ commands. Hernandez was apprehended after a short foot chase.
Clay admitted that Hernandez and he broke into the house and stole jewelry, and added that there was a third person with them. The witness identified both suspects as the two males she saw in her yard. The investigation revealed there was no third person involved. Officers charged Clay and Hernandez with burglary, Clay was also charged with providing false information to an officer and Hernandez was charged with resisting without violence. For more information on recent residential burglaries, please read the chief’s blog, Not in My Neighborhood.
Jonathan Clay Jose Alberto Hernandez
16 years old 15 years old
Boca Raton, FL Boca Raton, FL