A roadside burglar disguised as a stranded motorist killed a University of Central Florida student who fought back, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama.
22 year old victim Identified as Adam Simsey A native of Apopka, Florida, he was traveling with his girlfriend Mikayla Paulus, 20, who witnessed the killing, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.
The incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, as the couple were driving through Talladega National Forest, a mile from Chiaha State Park, officials said. The park is located about 80 miles east of Birmingham, Alabama.
The two were reported by a woman “later identified as Yasmin Haider,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“Haider asked the couple if they could help start her car, which was nearby.” .”
As they entered the forest, Simsey revealed he was armed, and the two exchanged gunfire as Paulus looked on.
Both Simsey and Hyder were shot, officials said.
Mikayla noted that a second woman, “later identified as Krystal Diane Pinkins, was standing in the nearby woods and observing.”
“The shooter called Pinkins to come and help. After a brief conversation between the suspects, Pinkins fled the scene on foot,” an official said. “Then Mikayla was able to pull out her cell phone and call 911.”
Paulus gave Simsey CPR while waiting for rescuers, but Simsey died at the scene, officials said.
A deputy arrived and found “several gunshots to her torso” and a hider on the ground nearby.
Hyder was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Birmingham, officials said.
Pinkins was arrested hours later, standing in a group of tents “a half mile from the scene of the robbery.”
“A five-year-old ran out of the woods with a loaded shotgun,” officials said when police ordered Pinkins to the ground.
“Law enforcement told the child to put the shotgun down. But the child continued to go to the woman’s location before putting the gun on the ground,” the sheriff’s office reported.
Officials said the child was Pinkins’ son. She was “arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child,” and the boy was arrested by the Human Resources Department, officials said.
“It didn’t look like anyone else was currently using the camp,” the sheriff’s office said.
Authorities said Haider faces one count of murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery. Sheriff’s Office said she is currently in a Birmingham hospital and “the weapon used in her crime has been recovered”.
Pinkins has also been charged with one count of murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery, according to people familiar with the matter.
Simsey’s Facebook page He graduated from Apopka High School, attended Seminole State University, and reportedly transferred to the University of Central Florida in 2021. He intended to graduate in his 2023.
Paulus also lives in Apopka and is “studying an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Central Florida.” According to her Facebook page.
She says she and Simsey dated for four years and Simsey died protecting her.
“Yesterday my world ended” she wrote on facebook.
“For my raison d’être, I had to see my soulmate, life partner, and future father of my children die in the middle of a state park in Alabama. Words cannot express the shock and pain I am going through.