Broward County

Suspect charged in murder of man who was working on his car in a grocery store lot

Nathaniel Petgrave
Nathaniel Petgrave

The day after Fort Lauderdale police released surveillance video last week in the search for whomever murdered John Jackson in front of a grocery store, they arrested Nathaniel Petgrave — for grand theft auto.

Friday, they charged the 22-year-old Petgrave with first degree murder in Jackson’s death.

Police say Jackson, 50, was working on his car in front of Dixie Court Food Market, 106 NW 11th Ave., around 1 a.m. on Oct. 21 when he was fatally shot. They released surveillance video two days later of the suspect, describing him as a “black male, 30 to 35, medium build, a full beard.”

An arrest report says a day later, Tuesday, police conducting surveillance around the 3300 block of Broward Boulevard saw Petgrave hop into a car with a tag that came back as being stolen from a Miami Gardens business. When they arrested Petgrave, the report says, he admitted stealing the car from the business, where he worked as a Raven Security security guard.

Petgrave, who lives in Lauderhill, has no prior convictions. Prosecutors dropped an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon domestic violence charge from 2015.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal