A man was arrested Wednesday for the stabbing death last month of a 14-year-old boy in Florida whose body was found a day after he disappeared.
Miami police have charged Semmie Lee Williams, 39, with first-degree murder with a weapon. The homeless drifter is accused of killing Ryan Rogers, who disappeared from his home in Palm Beach Gardens on Nov. 15 and was found fatally stabbed three miles from his home off Interstate 95 the following day. according to The Palm Beach Post.
Authorities believe Williams killed Rogers near where his body was found on November 16. Palm Beach Gardens Police Chief Clint Shannon said Williams had no known connection to the area.
The Miami Herald reported that Williams’ DNA linked him to the crime. The news outlet located the murder suspect’s alleged YouTube page – a collection of videos accusing seemingly random people of “gang stalking”, child endangerment and police misconduct.
According to the Herald, Williams’ YouTube videos placed him near Palm Beach Gardens at the time of Rogers’ murder. They also reportedly helped investigators trace his whereabouts before his arrest.
The Herald also reported that Williams was initially questioned but not arrested because he was committed to a hospital under the state’s Baker law. The law allows for the involuntary confinement of a person if they are considered a danger to themselves or others.
Shannon said a “chance encounter” between Rogers and Williams led to the teen’s death, but he did not provide details on what that interaction entailed.
Police say Rogers disappeared after riding his bike away from home. WPLG reported that his bicycle was found on the ground near his body.
Williams is said to have a long criminal history which includes arrests for assault and battery.
Despite this, Shannon said they don’t know the motive behind the affair.
He added: “The incident itself appears to be a completely random act.”
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[Featured image: Ryan Rogers/Facebook; Semmie Lee Williams/Palm Beach Gardens Police Department]