Broward County

A man solicited sex from a teenager, then killed her in his hotel room, police say

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A man was arrested in Virginia Wednesday on charges of murdering a teenager he solicited for sex in a Tamarac hotel room last month, police said.

Tyquan Pearson, 25, is accused of killing 19-year-old Brittney Taylor of Fort Lauderdale after she walked into his Comfort Suites hotel room on Commercial Boulevard May 25, according to a statement from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives said surveillance video from the hotel captured footage of Taylor entering room 331 at the Comfort Suites after she was dropped off by a car around 11 a.m. that day. About four hours later, the video showed Pearson leaving alone with a large stroller carrying some items, including a blue storage container.

Pearson then had his girlfriend, who believed the container was holding old clothes and items for donation, drive him to a storage unit to drop it off, according to the statement.

Taylor’s brother reported her missing to police shortly after her disappearance, the statement said. When interviewed by detectives, Pearson said he had solicited her for sex but that he had left the teenager in the room after hearing his girlfriend was returning to the hotel. He told detectives that he had instructed Taylor to leave after he departed, and that when he returned she had disappeared.

Detectives tracked the blue storage container from the surveillance video to the backyard of a Fort Lauderdale home, where they discovered Taylor’s decomposing body inside the container.

Police issued a warrant for Pearson’s arrest. On Wednesday, Broward detectives, along with the Norfolk Police Department and U.S. Marshals, found Pearson in Virginia and took him into custody.

Pearson was charged with one count of first-degree murder and will be extradited back to Broward, according to the statement from the sheriff’s office.