Windermere, Florida – A horrific attack with a baseball bat at a Florida home has left two people dead and one woman seriously injured, all the while a 10-year-old boy was inside of the home reportedly hiding in the closet after he called police to tell them about the man wielding the bat.
Police in Windermere arrested 34-year-old Ezekiel Hopkins on July 30th under suspicion for two counts of murder and one count of aggravated battery.
Windermere police say Ezekiel Hopkins will face 2 counts of murder and one count of aggravated battery for breaking into home and beating 3 people. 2 dead. 10 yr old inside home called 911.#Fox35 @fox35orlando pic.twitter.com/4GSdCCYz1W
— Valerie Boey (@vboey) July 31, 2020
Authorities say that Hopkins attempted to steal the truck of a couple, identified as John and Lisa Savey, living within the 2900 block of Sunbittern Court during the evening of the 30th when Hopkins attacked the couple with a baseball bat.
Police say that John Savey was killed outside of the home by Hopkins, while Lisa made an attempt to retreat to inside of the home where Hopkins allegedly followed her and attacked her with the bat.
Lisa did survive, but reportedly suffered serious injuries.
With Hopkins having made his way inside of the home, police say he then attacked the couple’s 30-year-old son James Savey with the same baseball bat. According to police, James was pronounced dead on the scene when they arrived.
Psycho car thief bludgeons father, son to death at Windemere, FL home
A man has been accused of beating to death a Florida homeowner and his adult son with a baseball bat while trying to steal a car. #ezekielhopkins #windemere https://t.co/FWQ7ogJKjs pic.twitter.com/IGpsabgMQC
— TRUECRIMEFEED (@truecrimefeed) July 31, 2020
Authorities were alerted to the viscous attack by a 10-year-old boy who called 911 when the suspect was inside of the home. The 911 operator informed the boy to remain hidden inside of the closet until police arrived.
By the time police arrived on the scene, they found the suspect unconscious inside of a bathroom in the home. Investigators believe that Hopkins may have ingested bleach prior to police arriving, and he was transferred to the hospital once police had him in custody.
Before police were alerted to the burglary in progress, units from the Ocoee Police Department noticed a suspicious vehicle sitting behind a construction site on Ocoee Apopka Road.
When OPD units attempted to make contact with the vehicle’s driver, police say that the driver fled the scene at a high rate of speed and that OPD policy forbade units from pursuing the speeding vehicle.
Ezekiel Hopkins in custody, accused of killing 2 men and injuring a woman during an attack on a Windermere family.
— Jeff Allen (@News13JeffAllen) July 31, 2020
That same vehicle was said to have crashed into a tree right next to the home where the two murders occurred.
Pastor Chuck Carter, who serves as the lead pastor of the Family Church, stated that the Savey family were avid members of the church and that he along with other congregation members are waiting to visit Lisa in the hospital:
“This was a couple that was here every time the doors were open. They actually taught some classes for us. Those classes were popular people enjoyed those. They always had a smile on their face.”
Based upon the charges Hopkins is facing, he could receive life without parole if convicted.
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In Tennessee, police in Memphis say that a man who was non-fatally shot earlier in July was essentially forced to play dead in order to not be shot again, while a gunman executed two others right in front of him.
Police: Victim in deadly triple Binghampton shooting forced to play dead after witnessing suspect shoot other men multiple times in the head https://t.co/6VrZyrX0hd
— WREG News Channel 3 (@3onyourside) July 30, 2020
On July 13th at approximately 5:30 a.m., a man suffering from gun shot wounds stepped into the Tillman Police Station, and recounted what he’d witnessed, and what he was a victim of, near the 2800 block of Nathan.
When first responders arrived at the scene of the shooting, they’d discovered two deceased males, identified as James Brown and James Smith. Both of the victims had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
The lone survivor of the triple-shooting informed police that the suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Terrell Jones, began shooting them after playing a game of dice.
According to the victim, when Jones shot him, he simply played dead in the hopes that he wouldn’t get killed by the suspect. Police say that Jones shot the other two victims in the head, and began rummaging through everyone’s pockets before fleeing the area.
Jones was subsequently arrested and is now facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and unlawful possession of a firearm.