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Police Still Searching for Two Suspects in Waffle House Butt-Dialing Case

Scott Simon

Scott Simon

Most people would be surprised at how many alleged perps call 911 while in the act of breaking the law; from stealing a car, to making a drug deal, police trace the accidental calls and quickly make arrests. This case, however, stunned even police and may be a new record: man accidentally calls 911 while planning a murder.

After altercation with Nicholas Walker, 33, at a Waffle House on the morning of May 5, 2013, Scott Simon, 24, of Pompano Beach, Florida, pocket dialed 911 while discussing how he was going to follow Walker home and shoot him. The 911 line was a recorded line and so the entire call was recorded. Broward County Sherriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella described the incident, “This is a first for me; Criminals say crazy things all the time, but I’ve never seen anyone call a recorded line.”

Minutes later Walker was shot and killed in his car while merging onto the interstate. Simon was arrested on May 21 and charged with first-degree murder, though police believe that he merely coordinated the assault, and that two others were involved.

Police do not plan on releasing the 911 call anytime soon, but have reportedly release some video of the Waffle House fight, and of a black Buick in which the two other suspects were reportedly seen in the area at the time of the murder.

Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact 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 Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.


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