Dozens of people jamming to Jamaican music outside a Weston truck stop early Thursday had their fun come to an abrupt halt when two men, one armed with pepper spray, robbed them.
A male with dreadlocks began walking through the crowd at 2:16 a.m. showering everyone with the pepper spray. Overcome, the party-goers were unable to defend themselves when another man began ripping gold jewelry from their necks.
One woman, Kimberlyn Clarke, fell and hit her head on the bumper of a van. Clarke was taken to the hospital and remains in critical condition, said Broward Sheriffs Office spokeswoman Veda Cole-man Wright.
Clarke was the only person injured.
A surveillance camera showed the two robbers running away as the crowd quickly dispersed.
One of the victims whose gold necklace was stolen went to his car to get a handgun and ran off after the robbers, but retreated when he spotted a Florida Highway Patrol trooper working off-duty detail at the truck stop.
For five years, the Seminole Truck Stop and convenience store at 4690 U.S. Hwy. 27 in Weston has held Caribbean night on Thursdays at its restaurant and bar, Café 27.
Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org, or BSO Robbery Det. Vincent Coldwell at 954-321-4270.