BSO Report: Foul Play in Death of Taco Bell Manager
Just before 9 am, Oakland Park Fire Rescue was dispatched to a reported fall injury at the Taco Bell restaurant at 593 East Oakland Park Boulevard. Co-workers showing up for work looked inside the business and saw their colleague on the floor, unresponsive, and called 9-1-1. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies also responded and confirmed the victim was deceased, not from a fall injury as first reported but something more sinister.
The victim, 39-year-old Tikkitress Johnson, of Ft. Lauderdale, arrived for work to prepare the business for its 10 a.m. posted opening time. Three other co-workers arrived around 8:45 a.m. when they made the discovery. It appears that Johnson was the victim of foul play and BSO homicide detectives are looking into the possible motive. Johnson reportedly was a 20-year employee of Taco Bell.
For all of the morning and into Monday afternoon, the restaurant and an adjacent auto parts store were cordoned off while BSO Crime Scene detectives processed the scene, looking for evidence. There was no disruption of traffic on Oakland Park Boulevard near the crime scene.
If anyone has information about this case, they should call BSO homicide detectives at 954-321-4200 or contact Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at BrowardCrimeStoppers.org. Tips to Crime Stoppers leading to an arrest could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. You do not have to give your name to claim the reward.