Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney William R. Moore

Taco Bell Slaying Rattles in Oakland Park

Broward County criminal lawyer William Moore reports that just prior to opening time at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, police believe two young men manipulated their way into an Oakland Park Taco Bell, says Broward County criminal lawyer William Moore. Law enforcement officials say the men may have acted as though they were seeking employment so as to be let into the store before it opened. The store’s manager, 39-year-old Tikkitress Johnson, was the only person at the location, Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney Moore has learned.

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Johnson was found dead later in the morning by her co-workers. She had been stabbed to death. According to Johnson’s family, she had three children, had made a career of working for Taco Bell for two decades, and had recently celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary with her husband, Herb Johnson, Broward County criminal lawyer Moore has learned.

Law enforcement officials launched an immediate investigation into her death, identifying the suspects as two men in their early twenties. Both were described as above-average in height and slender. On Tuesday morning, police executed a search warrant at the home of Karari Ritchie, according to Ritchie’s stepfather. Police sought blood-stained items, a knife or similar sharp weapon, clothing, a cell phone, and other items in connection with the murder. They collected a number of items from Ritchie’s home before placing him under arrest for the murder of Tikkitress Johnson, Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer Moore says. Investigators left the house with clothing, a gauze pad, and other potential evidence. Ritchie’s stepfather says that he does not believe his stepson could be involved in such heinous crimes. Police conducted the search at about 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Johnson’s stabbing death occurred.

Ritchie’s criminal record is limited. As an adult, he has been arrested only once, for trespassing. As a juvenile, he was apparently arrested for the same offense, although the disposition of either case was not immediately available. A Broward County Circuit Court judge has ordered that Ritchie be held in custody without bond. He has been charged with felony murder stemming from a robbery.


Broward County criminal lawyer William R. Moore has years of experience in criminal defense, including sex crimes and DUI. A felony or misdemeanor conviction of any type can have far-reaching consequences on your freedom, your employment, and your personal life. If you have been arrested in south Florida, contact William Moore, P.A., with offices in Fort Lauderdale-Dade, Broward, and Fort Lauderdale Counties.