A grisly murder-robbery at the Davie Waffle House in 2002 supposedly sparked some paranormal activity that causes employees to “sense presences” and get an overall creepy feeling. Some say if you move a couple of boxes around in the freezer, you’ll still find bloodstains on the floor. (Pretty sure that would be a health-code violation… so I’ll chalk that up to urban legend.)
Here’s some details about the case (not for the faint of heart):
On March 11, 2002, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Gerhard Hojan and Jimmy Mickel entered the Waffle House restaurant in Davie, Florida. Barbara Nunn, Christina De La Rosa, and Willy Absolu were working at the Waffle House that morning. The employees were acquainted with Mickel and Hojan because Mickel was a former employee of the Waffle House and the two had eaten at the restaurant several times before. Nunn also knew Hojan and Mickel because she had previously visited a night club where the two worked.
After eating breakfast, Mickel left the restaurant and returned with a bolt-cutter. Mickel used the bolt-cutter to cut the padlocks on the restaurant’s cash safes, while Hojan produced a handgun and ordered the employees to the kitchen. He then ordered them into the freezer and shut them inside. Hojan returned to the freezer a total of three times. First, he told the employees to give him their cell phones. The second time he ordered them to give him their money. He returned one last time and ordered the victims to turn around and kneel on the floor. He shot Absolu and De La Rosa twice each, and he shot Nunn once in the back of the head. Hojan left all three victims for dead.
Nunn regained consciousness, went to a nearby gas station, and called 911. Law enforcement and medical personnel arrived at the gas station. Prior to being taken to the hospital, Nunn gave the law enforcement officers a taped statement in which she identified Mickel and Hojan as the shooters. Hojan was arrested later that morning. He confessed to the murders during an interview with detectives from the Davie Police Department.
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- 4689 Volunteer Rd
Southwest Rnchs, FL
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- 26.061425, -80.34652899999998
- Broward County, Florida
- Nearest Towns:
- Broadview Park, FL (1.3 mi.)
Davie, FL (1.9 mi.)
Melrose Park, FL (2.6 mi.)
Pine Island Ridge, FL (2.9 mi.)
Plantation, FL (3.1 mi.)
Broward Estates, FL (3.2 mi.)
Cooper City, FL (3.6 mi.)
Lauderhill, FL (3.6 mi.)
Boulevard Gardens, FL (3.7 mi.)
Washington Park, FL (4.1 mi.)
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