Date posted: August 5, 2012
A Coral Springs bicyclist along with another rider were killed in Cooper City this morning when they rode into the path of a criminal trying to avoid arrest. After a search that lasted several hours, Obrian Oakley of Miami was taken into custody to face two counts of first-degree felony murder.
Dean Amelkin,60, 10246 N.W. 53rd St in Coral Springs along with Christopher McConnell, 61, of Cooper City both died at the scene after Oakley struck and killed the bicyclists.
Oakley and 25-year-old Sadik Baxter spent the night gambling at the Hard Rock casino before deciding to head to Cooper City to burglarize homes and vehicles. They went from car to car in the Rock Creek neighborhood, looking for open doors. They successfully broke into five vehicles before an astute resident caught Baxter in the act. At 7:05 a.m., BSO deputies responded to 3700 Beach Way and arrested Baxter. Oakley, using his girlfriend’s silver Infiniti as a getaway car, fled when he saw deputies.
He drove around Rock Creek, eastbound on Stirling Road and south on Palm Avenue, where he ran the red light at Sheridan Street at 7:17 a.m. The Infiniti was hit by a red Toyota Corolla, which had been westbound on Sheridan Street and had the right of way. The impact caused the Infiniti to rotate, and it collided with the eastbound cyclists, McConnell and Amelkin. Two occupants of the red Corolla suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Oakley bailed out of the car and ran. BSO deputies, with the help of the Pembroke Pines and Miramar police departments, began searching for him using K-9s and BSO’s helicopter. At 11:52 a.m., a Pembroke Pines K-9 officer encountered Oakley walking across Sheridan Street.
In addition to the felony murder charges, Oakley will face charges of burglary conveyance, petit theft, crash involving death or personal injury, crash to a vehicle or other property and two counts of failure to render aid two counts.
Baxter will be charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling, burglary to a conveyance, larceny and petit theft.
Thank you to Dani Moschella for contributing this report