Clarence Hall was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for attempted felony murder, burglary with assault or battery, throwing a missile into a vehicle, and criminal mischief causing damage over $1,000 this past Tuesday. Hall is allegedly responsible for causing an escaping victim to lose control of his vehicle, causing it to crash into a pedestrian. The pedestrian was pinned against a wall and has lost a leg as a result.
Surveillance footage recently emerged of the gruesome scene. It is not yet known whether or not Hall has retained a criminal defense attorney.
According to police reports, at around 2pm on December 11, Hall was arguing with Timara Wimbar and her cousin David Thomas at Nada Market on the 1300 block of NW 6th Street, demanding to know why they were “in his neighborhood and [at] his store.”
Wimar and Thomas reported that they had just stopped for a snack. Hall pursued them as they left, calling Wimbar a lesbian and trying to prevent the pair from entering their vehicle. Then, as the two got into their vehicle and prepared to drive off, Hall attacked the vehicle, kicking and hitting it, breaking off mirrors and damaging a door handle. He even reached inside the vehicle, attacking Thomas.
Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Travis Mandell said, “I can definitely tell you these were serious acts of aggression and Mr. Hall was extremely violent.”
Hall is said to have then thrown a brick at the vehicle’s windshield as Wimbar tried to drive off. When Wimbar tried to leave again, Hall attempted to throw a second brick, but Wimbar had already lost control of the vehicle.
“He got two huge bricks in his hand and he threw them to the windshield and the windshield started looking like spider webs,” said Wimbar of the attack.
According to Mandell, “The shattering of glass caused [the driver] to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a bystander, Mohammad Al-Attar, 63, pinning him against a pole in front of the store.”
Al-Attar was rushed to Broward General Hospital in critical condition, where his leg was amputated above the knee. Mandell reports that Al-Attar “nearly lost his life as a result of Hall’s actions.” Reports indicate that Al-Attar is doing well now, but for the loss of his leg.
“I couldn’t see, and when I stomped on the brakes I was already on top of this man,” Wimbar reported. “I didn’t know somebody was under there, I just thought it was the pole under. I heard people screaming and throwing up because his ankle was twisted,” said Wimber. “I pulled him from under the car, and his leg was all twisted, there was blood everywhere,” added David Thomas.
Hall initially fled the scene, but was identified by eye witnesses in a police lineup and arrested. Drugs do not appear to have been a factor in his erratic behavior.
The Fort Lauderdale police department just released grainy surveillance footage of the incident, in which the gruesome scene plays itself out. Hall can be seen attacking Thomas and the vehicle and Wimbar’s vehicle can be seen coming to a sudden stop due to contact with Al-Attar after she attempted to drive off.
From my perspective as a criminal defense attorney, I can tell you that there is little chance that Hall will escape with anything but a prison sentence. Even though Hall is only 18 years, it is unlikely that a judge will give him any leniency as youthful offender because his actions were so violent and caused so much injury to Mr. Al-Attar.
In my opinion, this is definitely a prison case.