Unlike his friend, he didn’t “butt dial” 911 as he was taking part in a murder plot.
But police say Ronel Desinor, of Pompano Beach, is the second man they were looking for in the death of Nicholas Walker, who was shot to death on Interstate 95 after a fight at a Broward County Waffle House in May.
Desinor joins Scott Simon in facing first-degree murder charges in Walker’s death.
He was arrested Monday night at a friend’s house in North Lauderdale and is being held in a Broward County jail on no bond.
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Last month, police arrested Simon, 24, after they found that he had “pocket dialed” police minutes before Walker was found dead. On the recorded line, Simon detailed his plans to follow the victim home and kill him, police said.
Simon, they added was not the triggerman, but the mastermind behind the plan. Police continued their search for others involved.
On Tuesday, BSO officials would not say what role they believe Desinor, 27, played in Walker’s death, or what led them to him.
It all started early May 5 with a fight at the Waffle House. Hours later, Walker crashed his silver Buick into a guard rail along I-95 in Oakland Park. Deputies and Oakland Park Fire-Rescue put out a fire in the engine compartment, but found Walker had already died of gunshot wounds.
Shortly after Simon was arrested May 21, police said they were looking for the person who pulled the trigger, and another man, who was seen in the 2012 black Buick GS with Simon the morning of the shooting.
Desinor has a rap sheet including several felony drug charges.
BSO Spokeswoman Keyla Concepción said Tuesday the case was still ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Bryan Tutler at 954-321-4281. Anonymous tips can be reported to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-8477 or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.