Marvin Broadway, 23, Taylor Miller, 19, and Carlton Lowe, 22, were all arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Forida on robbery charges last Wednesday after a failed armed robbery attempt against a gold store clerk. Broadway also faced charges of wearing a mask while committing a felony, and is being held on $175,000 bond. Miller is being held on $40,000 bond, and Lowe on $60,000 bond. All three are being held at the Broward Main Jail. It is unclear whether any of the trio has a private criminal defense lawyer.
At a preliminary hearing, a magistrate judge ordered the three to stay away from each other and from their alleged victim, Oleg Flyaster, 64. According to the affidavit, the incident occurred Tuesday while Flyastar was in an alley behind the Gold Buyers business where he worked. The business is located at 5130 North Federal Highway. At about 6:20 p.m., Flyastar says he was closing the business for the evening when he was approached by Broadway and Lowe, both of whom had concealed their faces with ski masks.
“Broadway produced a handgun and stated ‘give up the money’,” said the affidavit. “The victim was in fear for his life and retrieved his handgun and started shooting.”
Flyaster says that Broadway demanded his wallet, so he reached back, pretending to pull it out of his pocket. What he really pulled out was a gun that he kept on his person. He opened fire on his assailants, hitting Broadway in the shoulder.
At this point it is believed that Flyaster had the gun legally and for self-defense purposes. Flyaster told the press that “it was luck” that he was able to defend himself so quickly.
The suspects fled without returning fire, and Flyaster was unharmed, according to reports. Witnesses told investigators that they saw the pair fleeing, and Broadway dropped the gun and his clothes as he ran. The clothes, masks, and weapon were later recovered by investigators.
According to the affidavit, police caught up to Broadway, who had been shot. He was “laying on the ground and bleeding from his right shoulder in only his boxer shorts,” when police found him, the affidavit said. “When defendant Broadway was asked what happened he stated ‘robbery’,” although he didn’t mention that he was the one who had tried to commit said robbery. Broadway was treated at Broward General Medical Center for his injuries before being transferred to jail.
A short time later, officers found Lowe and Miller. Miller had been driving a getaway car that Lowe had managed to make it to. Both persons were arrested on the spot.
Broadway and Lowe both have prior criminal records. Broadway has been convicted of armed robbery in the past, while Lowe is reportedly classified as a gang member by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
In contract, Miller is a student at Broward College, where she plays on the volleyball team. She also played at Hollywood Hills High School. She has no criminal record.