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Florida Shooting Suspect Caught

March 12, 2002

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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) _ Police have arrested a robber who allegedly shot and killed two Waffle House employees in the restaurant’s freezer Monday and critically wounded a third.

Jimmy E. Mickel, 32, was arrested late Monday and charged with attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and two counts of first-degree murder. The search for a second suspect continued early Tuesday, police said.

Davie police Lt. Gary Killam said the bodies of Christina Delarosa, 17, of Davie, and Willy Absolu, 18, of Lauderdale Lakes, were found in the freezer.

Another employee, Barbara Nunn, 37, of Miami, managed to walk about 100 yards to a nearby gas station to get help.

The restaurant’s cash register was found open when the police arrived shortly before 5 a.m., Killam said.

Nunn, who was shot in the head, told gas station attendant Danish Kahn to lock the door and call 911, Killam said.

Kahn said Nunn told him, ``I’ve been shot in the head,″ before lying down on the floor and waiting for the police to arrive.

Nunn was airlifted to Hollywood Memorial Regional where she was listed in critical condition.

Delarosa was described as a single mother who lived with her infant son and her parents, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The Waffle House is east of Interstate 75 in Davie, about 10 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day. The three victims were alone in the building at the time of the shooting.