The investigation of a Florida college student’s fatal shooting in Alabama’s Talladega National Forest during an attempted armed robbery led authorities to an “off-the-grid”They were confronted by a five-year-old boy with a loaded gun, officials stated.
According to a report, Adam Simjee (22-year-old University of Central Florida student) died from his injuries following several gunshot wounds in the torso. statement by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Mikayla Paulus (a 20-year-old student at the University of Central Florida) was Simjee’s long-term girlfriend when authorities arrived.
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Two women thought to have been living in the tents were accused of murdering him. One of them is the mother of the child. Gasden Times Report.
Authorities said that the unexpected discovery by law enforcement of the encampment occurred after Simjee & Mikayla decided to make a last-minute hike in Talladega National forest Sunday. Paulus said al.comThey enjoyed travel together and wanted to celebrate their summer vacation with a trip into the national forest.
A woman flagged them down along the roadside and said she needed help getting her car started. Authorities confirmed that it was.
“Adam being the person he is, stopped to help them,”A loved one wrote. “He and Mikayla tried to help the woman and even reached out to family for tips to help get the car started. When nothing else could be done, they offered to get help from the ranger station.”
That’s when the woman, who police identified as Yasmine Hider, allegedly threatened them with a gun, and asked for their banking information, according to the GoFundMe. Authorities said that Hider held Simjee, Paulus and others at gunpoint while telling them to go into the woods.
Authorities said that Simjee was also carrying a concealed weapon. They exchanged gunfire with Hider. Simjee was also fatally injured after Hider was repeatedly struck. According to the statement, he died on the spot.
Paulus later stated in a post on Facebook that Simjee “made sure I knew I would be safe when I was with him.”
Paulus stated that after the gunfire broke out, she noticed another woman, later identified by Krystal Pinkins (36), running off. Al.com reports that authorities went back to the scene to look for Pinkins a few days later. They located her at a distance of about a half mile from the site where the shootout took place.
Pinkins stood in front of a group of tents in the forest that Sheriff Jim Studdard described as “a bunch of tents.” “base camp,”When authorities told her to get down.
A 5-year-old boy emerged from the woods carrying a loaded shotgun. He refused to take it down when authorities told him to. Al.com reported that the child ran towards his mother and eventually dropped the gun after reaching her.
Pinkins was charged with murder, kidnapping, and robbery. The Gadsen Times reported that she is being held at Clay County Detention Center.
Hider remains in the hospital under observation of the sheriff’s department, and warrants have been obtained charging her with one count of murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery, according to the Gadsen Times.
District Judge David Law issued a gag order Wednesday, which prohibits any person, including witnesses and lawyers, from discussing the case with the media.