Crime

Check Cashing Store Clerk Asked for Police to Leave Before Being Executed by Gunman

The last words from 25-year-old Clairemathe Geffrard before she was executed, allegedly by Stanley Beasley, at the Check Cashing Store on Tuesday: "Tell the police to leave; he's got a gun to my head."

That's what Geffrard told a coworker over the phone around 10 a.m. Tuesday, half an hour after deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office had arrived at the store -- at 2927 W. Sunrise Blvd. in an unincorporated area of central Broward County -- according to Beasley's arrest affidavit.

Geffrard hung up the phone after saying that to her coworker, and that coworker told police Geffrard did not pick up the phone when she tried to call back.

An undisclosed amount of time later, Beasley came out shooting at police and was met with gunfire from five sheriff's deputies, according to the report.

Beasley was shot multiple times and fell to the ground before being arrested by SWAT members, and doctors say he may not survive his injuries, the report states.

Geffrard was pronounced dead by a doctor at Broward General Hospital at 11:41 a.m.

Jorge Aguilar, who was standing across the street from the store when Beasley allegedly came out shooting, was shot once in the chest and was in critical condition, police say.

This all started when Geffrard called a coworker -- a different coworker from the one who ultimately heard her last words -- on a scheduled telephone call to let her know that she'd opened the business safely.

Instead, the police report states she heard an unknown male voice say "Open the fucking door" twice, and the call was disconnected.

Sheriff's deputies arrived minutes later and set up a perimeter before Beasley allegedly came out shooting at police.

After his arrest, the cops found $3,252.50 in cash from the check cashing shop in a backpack Beasley was carrying, as well as a roll of duct tape, according to the report.

Beasley now faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed kidnapping, and robbery with a firearm.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Beasley has already served two prison sentences -- once serving nearly four years from 2000 to 2004 for cocaine and marijuana-related charges and serving just over a year from 2008 to 2009 for resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, and depriving an officer of protection.


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