By Kevin Deutsch
The Coral Springs man responsible for a deadly crime spree that ended with three people dead Friday was Tased by police officers and yelled at them to shoot him before his capture, records show.
According to newly released court files, Dale Spidle, 35, of 4113 NW 88th Ave., told officers he had a bomb in his rectum and was “going to kill everyone” as he was being Tased and arrested at a Shell gas station at Lyons and Sample Roads in Coconut Creek.
The arrest capped off a lethal crime spree that saw Spidle fatally shoot a man, cause multiple hit-and-run crashes, and rob a woman at a Walgreens pharmacy-drive thru, police said. The spree ended with Spidle’s next-door neighbor and the infant she was babysitting dead from blunt force trauma, although the circumstances of their deaths were still being probed Tuesday, and Spidle has not been charged with their murders, the records show.
Spidle found his way onto the radar of Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies at 4:07 p.m. Friday when they were dispatched to a shooting and hit-and-run crash at West Sample and Powerline Roads in Pompano Beach. There, Spidle had crashed his silver 2019 Kia Optima and shot the driver of a white 2021 Ford pickup truck, who later died of his injuries and North Broward Medical Center, according to an arrest affidavit.
Spidle stole the man’s pickup truck and got into another accident in the 4400 block of Sample Road in Coconut Creek, where he tried and failed to steal another truck, removed all his clothes, and was arrested at the gas station, authorities said.
As police investigated Spidle’s spree, a clearer picture of his alleged crimes began to emerge. Investigators soon learned he had been involved in an earlier hit-and-run crash, shortly before 1:40 p.m. Friday, in the 8100 block of Wiles Road in Coral Springs, records show.
A Coral Springs Police officer stopped Spidle after the crash and saw he had blood on his clothing and hands, police said. The officer called for backup, and Spidle allegedly fled the scene in his Kia, police said.
The officer pursued the Kia but lost Spidle as he drove east, police said.
Coral Springs Police next went to Spidle’s address on 88th Avenue, where they found the door of the apartment next to his open with a woman dead inside and the infant she was babysitting injured.
Both had suffered blunt force trauma, police said, but no additional details have been released about how they died.
Spidle later caused at least one other car crash, police allege. While fleeing that crash on foot, he approached a woman sitting in her Nissan at the Walgreens drive-thru at 4351 Sample Rd., police said.
There, he grabbed and clawed at her neck, ripped her silver chain and pendant off her neck, and fled into the nearby Vista BMW lot on Sample Road in Coconut Creek, police said.
Police set up a search perimeter around the area and captured Spidle a short time later.
A mental health screening was ordered for Spidle, who is charged with premeditated murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, burglary of an occupied dwelling, robbery by sudden snatching, resisting an officer, three counts of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage, and reckless driving, the records show.
The names of the dead woman and infant have not been made public by authorities. The name of the man Spidle allegedly killed after one of the hit-and-run crashes has also not been released.
Spidle was being held without bond Tuesday at the Broward Main Jail. Records show he has not entered a plea.
- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.