Police say the two boys arrested for the murders of three teenagers in central Florida robbed a man at gunpoint, hours before their victim was found shot dead.
Robert Robinson, 17, and Christopher Atkins, 12, arranged to meet a man and sell him a gun for $240 on the evening of March 30. trolley.
The gun was placed on the lap of the buyer, who took $240 out of his pocket. The weapon was grabbed by one of the boys: Robinson pistol-whipped the man, and then the pair turned their guns on the man, according to the police report.
The potential buyer got out of the car and ran home: one shot was fired at him, and the white car drove off.
Surveillance camera footage captured the bullet noise at 7:10 p.m.
Robert Robinson, 17, was arrested Friday and charged with the murders of three teenagers, as well as armed robbery hours before the murders.
Robinson’s partner was 12-year-old Christopher Atkins, better known as “35”. Robinson was known as “The Reaper”
Lila Silvernail, 16, was found with a gunshot wound to the head and left in a trash can, but is still alive. She later died in hospital, before police found two more teenage victims – a 17-year-old boy and another 16-year-old girl.
The police report stated that the vehicle belonged to a member of the Silvernail family.
At 10:52 p.m. that same night, 16-year-old Lila Silvernail was found dying of a gunshot wound.
Her dead body was dumped in a dumpster.
Revised police did not disclose if Lila was in the car at the time of the armed robbery, less than four hours before she was found dying. It indicates that a family member was with the robbers.
A female was with the group shortly before the armed robbery.
She told police, “Silvernail told her that after she was taken down, they were going to pick up the Reaper and 35.”
The affidavit says that Robinson called him “Reaper” and that Atkins’ name was “35”.
Two more teenage victims were found shortly after Lily Silvernail: an unnamed 17-year-old boy was found less than a mile away on the side of the road, and 16-year-old Camille Quarles was found April 1st in a car Silvernail, which was partially submerged in a pond.
Robinson was issued an arrest certificate on April 2, detailing the armed robbery.
Robinson and Atkins were chosen by the victim—the potential purchaser of the gun—in line for the photoshoot.
On April 5, an arrest warrant was issued for Robinson for “robbery with a firearm or a deadly weapon”—Robinson was arrested two days later, on April 7.
Christopher Atkins, 12, and Robert Robinson, 17, remain in custody on charges related to the murders of three teens in Florida
The cops are searching for the third perpetrator, Tahj Broughton, in connection with the shooting
The third suspect in the murders of the three teens – 17-year-old Taj Broughton – remains at large.
A reward of A$10,000 was offered for information that could lead to his capture.
The sheriff in the small town of Oklahoma, Florida, has vowed to hunt down the third suspect in the killings.
I’ll bring it in,” said Billy Woods, Marion County Sheriff.
Woods explained that the victims and alleged killers were all “connected in some way to a gang” involved in a series of robberies and burglaries.
“There is no honor among thieves, and at some point these individuals turned on our three victims and killed them,” Woods said.
He said the three suspects “fled the scene but left a lot of evidence in their wake.”
Woods fought back tears when he described having to “stare into the eyes” of the young suspects’ mothers.
He said, “I put myself in those mothers’ shoes because I heard one of them say, ‘I wish I knew what this woman was doing and who they were, because my child wouldn’t have spent his time with them.'”
Investigators were able to determine that the three teenage victims had been together prior to the murders in a car owned by Silvernail, before dumping them at various locations over a three-day period.
According to the arrest certificate filed against 12-year-old Atkins, Silvernail’s body was discovered in a dumpster after a car crashed into it, shortly after residents heard several gunshots.
Sixteen-year-old Silvernail was still alive when she was discovered near Forest Lakes Park. She later succumbed to her injuries and died in hospital.
People have been arrested, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods announced during a news conference Friday morning
Silvernail was found, still alive, inside this dumpster in Marion, Florida
Camille Quarles, 16, was found Saturday inside a Silvernail car, which was partially submerged in a pond.
Lily Silvernail’s friends and family paid a heartbreaking tribute to the teen, who they said was ‘robbed from us too soon and will be greatly missed’
This is where a schoolgirl found one of the 17-year-old victims while on her way to school.
The gruesome discovery was followed up hours later when an unnamed 17-year-old victim was found less than a mile away on the side of the road.
He was lying on the side of a dirt road where a student says she tripped in terror on her way to catch a school bus early on the morning of March 31.
“I was walking with my brother and I found the guy…he wasn’t breathing,” the student, who gave her name only as Khatia, told DailyMail.com.
He was lying on his side and was wearing a black hoodie, black shirt, black pants, and black shoes.
He was wearing a hoodie over his head and a black mask over his face.
I couldn’t see his face. You can only see his eyes.
The third victim, 16-year-old Camille Quarles, was found Saturday inside the Silvernail’s car, which was partially submerged in a pond.
Woods said the arrested suspects confessed to shooting Quarles in the car.
He said they obtained guns from a carjacking, but declined to comment on the number of weapons used in the killings.
Asked about the motive, Woods said: “We don’t have anything to say it was any rivalry or anything for that reason.
However, every single one of them was in some way or form associated with a gang.
“There is no honor among thieves, and at some point, these individuals turned on our three victims and killed them.”