Mom, suspect killed in carjacking, shooting


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shermacman
September 14, 2005, 06:45 AM
First Story (http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/0905/13carjacking.html)
Second Story (http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/local/12639633.htm)
Looks like The Bad Guy was also a convicted sex offender, also.

Mom, suspect killed in carjacking, shooting

Kimberly D. Boyd took her son to preschool Monday morning, then dropped by a bank before heading to her office in north Cobb County.

Minutes later, her routine was shattered, and sometime before 9:30 a.m. she was struggling for her life with a carjacker as her Toyota Sequoia raced south on U.S. 41. The kidnapping ended with the 30-year-old Acworth woman dead and the carjacker fatally shot by a passer-by.

Boyd died instantly when her SUV was broadsided by a cement truck, police said. Within seconds, the man driving Boyd's car was also dead shot by Shawn Roberts, 31, who had seen Boyd fighting the man and followed the car, police said.

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farscott
September 14, 2005, 07:08 AM
This happened about five miles from where my office is. The good news is that the "passer-by", Shawn Roberts, was not arrested and not charged after the shooting. I only hope I could do as well as Mr. Roberts did.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/cobb/0905/14carjacking.html

The carjacker-kidnapper shot dead Monday by a passer-by in Cobb County had a conviction for sex crimes and has been tentatively connected to a rape last week in Acworth, police said Tuesday.

Despite his conviction for child molestation and statutory rape, Brian O'Neil Clark, 25, does not appear in the state's database for sexual offenders, and state officials were at a lost to explain why.

As details came out about her abductor Tuesday, so too did a picture of the victim. Kimberly Boyd, 30, was kidnapped at gunpoint shortly after leaving her office Monday morning, police said. She died when Clark turned into the path of a cement truck, causing a collision.

Friends say she was considering a shift from working mother to stay-at-home mom.

Investigators also revealed that Boyd had been shot as she struggled with her abductor. The coroner did not detail the extent of her wound, but police believe she was alive when the cement truck hit her Toyota Sequoia broadside.

As Clark was fleeing that accident, he was shot dead by motorist Shawn Roberts, who had seen Boyd and Clark struggling and followed as the car careened down U.S. 41 in Acworth. Cobb police Lt. Kevin Flynn, said Tuesday that Roberts, 31, was cooperating and appeared to have acted lawfully.

Roberts said he believes that killing Clark probably saved more lives.

Clark had a history of criminal offenses in Cherokee and Cobb counties, according to police and court records.

In April 2002, he was arrested in Illinois and returned to Georgia to face child molestation, statutory rape and burglary charges in Cobb, where he received an 18-month sentence, jail records show.

In Cherokee, Clark was convicted in 2004 of first-degree forgery and was released June 13 after a year in state prison.

Clark had been placed on the sexual offenders database operated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations after his conviction in Cobb, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said. He was removed from the list while serving time for the forgery conviction, but should have been added after his release three months ago, Bankhead said.

"It's very peculiar that he isn't" on the list, Bankhead said Tuesday. "We're investigating to find out why."

As the police probe continues, the stunned community is reaching out to Boyd's grieving family and friends, who remember her as a dedicated family woman.

"She wanted to stay home with her kids and just be a mom," recalled Kathy Key-Reynolds, who runs a Budget rental office in Kennesaw. Boyd had asked her about six months ago to take over her truck rental business.

"I keep going through what happened and wondering if I had taken her store, would she have been home [Monday] morning and this somehow could have been avoided? It's a real tragedy."

A steady stream of family and friends dropped by the five-bedroom brick home where Boyd lived with husband Michael, stepson Nathan, 13, and their children: Connor, 5, and Chloe, 2. Guests sobbed as they embraced family members in the driveway.

"Kim was a wonderful mother. She loved life, her children, her husband," longtime family friend Tom Boggess said, breaking down. "I don't know of an enemy she ever had."

About 9:30 a.m. Monday, 911 calls began coming in from motorists who saw Boyd fighting with a man inside her Toyota SUV and also along Cobb Parkway near Lake Allatoona, police said.

"She fought for her life in those final moments, I'm sure of it," Boggess said.

Roberts lives about a mile from the Boyd home. He stopped by Monday night, and Boyd's husband thanked him, Boggess said.

That same night, Michael Boyd sobbed as he told his children their mother wasn't coming home, Boggess said.

"They're torn to pieces," Boggess said. Connor "keeps saying his misses his Emmy," the nickname he gave to his mother, he said.

Through family members, Michael Boyd declined to be interviewed but thanked the community for its support.

"We must have received 300 calls so far," Boggess said.

"We're all still in shock," said Scott Ryder, Boyd's brother-in-law. "All I'm going to say is this is obviously something that girl did not deserve."

A 1992 Wheeler High School graduate, Kimberly Diane McCollum married Michael Boyd about eight years ago, Boggess said. Two years ago, they moved into a new home in Bentwater, a sprawling golf community that straddles Paulding and Cobb counties.

Tuesday afternoon, the Budget truck rental store on Cherokee Street in Acworth was closed. Key-Reynolds, Boyd's friend and business associate, placed a dozen roses on the sidewalk outside. The card read: "Kim, we remember you kindly."

Meanwhile, Acworth police said Clark meets the description of a man who raped and carjacked an Acworth woman last week.

"Further evidence has been confirmed linking Clark to the rape," said Acworth police Officer Wayne Dennard. "However, DNA results from the GBI Crime Lab confirming he is last week's attacker will not be available for some time."

In the Sept. 6 attack, a man confronted the victim as she walked out onto her front porch. He forced her back into the house, raped her and then made her drive to withdraw money from a bank ATM, Dennard said.

Instead, the woman ran inside the bank, and the man, who the victim said had a gun and a knife, drove off in her Honda Accord, Dennard said. A gun recovered at Monday's crime scene may have been taken in last week's attack, Dennard said.

Sindawe
September 14, 2005, 09:41 AM
Sad sad story. IMAO, the scumbag carjacker got off too easy. :cuss:

chris in va
September 14, 2005, 11:38 AM
That's it? No more mention of Shawn? The guy's a friggin hero and he gets one paragraph and a sentence.
As Clark was fleeing that accident, he was shot dead by motorist Shawn Roberts, who had seen Boyd and Clark struggling and followed as the car careened down U.S. 41 in Acworth. Cobb police Lt. Kevin Flynn, said Tuesday that Roberts, 31, was cooperating and appeared to have acted lawfully.

I really believe the media *wants* everyone to be unarmed just so they can report on the tragedy of murders and rapes without having to work in that nagging problem of people doing the right thing.

mini14
September 14, 2005, 12:34 PM
I think Shawn is a real hero!!
I heard he hit the bad guy with three shots to the chest.
His $1.50 in ammo saved the tax payers of Cobb County
thousands of dollors defending this scumbag, and the
40 some thoudand dollors it costs a year to keep him in
prision. I would like to shake the hand of Shawn Roberts!
That could have been my wife as she drives that road
every morning.

Tom Servo
September 14, 2005, 01:28 PM
I live not far from there, and I know the neighborhood well. I don't know Mr. Roberts, but should I meet him, I'd gladly shake his hand and buy him dinner. It took alot of guts to do what he did, especially given the current legal and political climate towards civilian carry (though Georgia is one of the most accepting states).

I'll preface this by saying that what he did was absolutely right. That said, if this had been Massachusetts or New York, he might have been brought up on charges since his life was not directly in danger. Luckily, Georgia sees things differently, but I wonder how many folks in other places see a situation like this and choose to remain bystanders for the sake of avoiding legal troubles.

Oh, and Mr. Roberts, should you be reading this, good shooting. My hat's off to ya!

OH25shooter
September 14, 2005, 03:18 PM
Screw the media. I guarantee the cops will shake Mr. Roberts hand and say, thank you, well done.

DonP
September 14, 2005, 03:45 PM
Good job of a citizen doing the right thing. I'll say a prayer for Shawn now too, taking a life is always a serious trauma, no matter how much the guy deserved it.

Compare that to the story of Hale DeMar from the North Shore here in Illinois.

He shot and wounded a burglar that broke into his home two nights in a row and was still brought up on charges by his home town, Winnetka IIRC. I'm waiting for the civil suit by the scumbags family next.

Working Man
September 14, 2005, 04:53 PM
Now that's a HERO.

It was not part of his job, he was not getting paid or even at risk. No one
asked him to help, he just did. He stopped to render aid and stop a scum bag
from hurting anyone else.

nuf said

MrTuffPaws
September 14, 2005, 05:11 PM
Wow, amazing.

Sorry for the woman. At least the perp can't do it again.

nick0724
September 23, 2005, 05:37 AM
My husband, Shawn, says he is not a hero, just a citizen willing to help his fellow man, or woman, in this case. He believes that at least half the men he knows would do the same thing in such a situation. He has suffered tremendously because of this horrific tragedy, which he endured and witnessed and says, "I never thought I'd have to use that gun." God knows, he and I both, as well as the victim's family, wish to God he had not had to -- we all wish the entire situation had never occurred. If only Kimberly had lived, I think Shawn would feel better about the ordeal. Shawn says he is not a victim, but after what he has been through emotionally, I believe that he, too, is a victim of the horrid crime perpetrated by Brian Clark.

And just to set the record straight, the perpetrator did fire a shot at my husband, Shawn, and, luckily, missed. So, by all means, his life, as well as those around the area was in serious danger. And Georgia law states that a citizen has the right to use deadly force to protect himself and the others around him. Which is exactly what Shawn did. He is not going to suffer any legal ramifications, but will take a lot of time to recover emotionaly from what happened. He is a very clear thinker in bad situations, and a very good shot (just from playing with his BB gun, as a child, and having a God-given talent of tremendous hand-eye coordination), but I still ask that you all pray for his peace of mind.

Also, at the time Shawn was following the car, he had no idea it was a carjacking. He thought it was domestic violence between a husband and wife. It was only after the perpetrator emerged from the vehicle with a gun did Shawn realize what was going on. He then armed himself, thinking the man would drop his weapon. Instead, it was ony after the perpetrator raised his gun at Shawn, that Shawn was forced to shoot this man.

In any event, thank you so much for your continued support. Even though he is very modest about this whole "hero" thing, in my heart, I do believe he is a hero and could not be more proud of him for tryng to save Kimberly's life, even at he risk of losing his own. What a wonderful man he is -- a great husband, a great father, a wonderfully smart business owner, and a moral man who is willing to stand up for what is right no matter what the risk.

farscott
September 23, 2005, 07:07 AM
Mrs. Roberts,

Your husband is a hero as far as I am concerned. I will keep him in my prayers.

Dave P
September 23, 2005, 08:00 AM
Mrs. Roberts, you and your husband have our support! You should be proud.

DAve

Missashot
September 23, 2005, 08:08 AM
Mr. Roberts is very much a hero and gets gets a big "Thank You" from me. I will keep him and his family in my prayers. I would guess that taking any life (even a scum bag) must be hard.

wmenorr67
September 23, 2005, 08:14 AM
Mrs Roberts,
Ditto on what everyone else has said. I couldn't say it better.
One thing I would like to add is that please think about getting your husband and yourself some counseling to help yourselves through this tough time.
I hope I am never placed in this type of situation but if I am I hope that I can handle myself with the same control and dignity your husband has.

Bill Norris

ALHunter
September 23, 2005, 08:14 AM
Mrs. Roberts,
Today's society elevates sports stars and celebrities as role models and heros. Those folks couldn't be farther from that. Your husband is a hero. The citizens of GA. owe him a collective thank you. My prayers are with him and your family.

TallPine
September 23, 2005, 11:15 AM
Despite his conviction for child molestation and statutory rape, Brian O'Neil Clark, 25, does not appear in the state's database for sexual offenders, and state officials were at a lost to explain why.
Being on such a list doesn't keep him from committing another crime :rolleyes:

However, "lead therapy" certainly does! :)

Thank you, Mr. & Mrs. Roberts ;)

GI Jane
September 23, 2005, 11:57 AM
wow!
I wish more people were good samaritian's as Mr. Robert was. My mom is tiny, 98lbs. She is SMALL! (this is why I won't carry my gun in my purse too BTW)
A man ran up from behind her a snatched her purse she struggled witht eh man and they fought hard, he finally got a good grip on her and picked her up and slammed her into the concrete, shattering her foot in several pieces and cuting her ear almost off. The man then took her purse and ran off. (the gun was in her glove complartment not in her purse that day but still a reason to carry on your person) the struggle lasted about 10 to 15 min.

All this happend while other women, men and children stoods by onlooking like it was a school fight. She had to beg and plead for them to call and ambulance and cops for her. Then when the cops did arrive no one saw anything... My mom learned a valuable lesseon that day. (I leared from her mistake too)

Indeed Mr. Roberts you are a good citizen.

shooting time
September 23, 2005, 02:33 PM
I live in Acworth also and all I can say is thank god there are still real men around that are not afraid to step in and take action when needed. Your husband and family will be in my wife and I's prayers.Your husband did the right thing and the Acworth police dept did not by not informing the public that there was a rapist around until a week later.

Tom Servo
September 23, 2005, 05:18 PM
Ms. Roberts, your husband is a hero for what he did. My hat's off to him, and I'll keep you both in my prayers. I live in Kennesaw and work in Woodstock, and the day this happened (as well as the next couple), I heard from numerous police officers how proud they were of his actions. He stopped a dangerous psychopath from injuring anyone else, and he put his own neck on the line to do so.

There should be more men in this world like him. If you don't mind my asking, what line of work is he in? I'd love to stop by and say hi.

Standing Wolf
September 23, 2005, 08:05 PM
My husband, Shawn, says he is not a hero, just a citizen willing to help his fellow man, or woman, in this case. He believes that at least half the men he knows would do the same thing in such a situation.

Yep, we're still in America, where the heroes invariably deny they're heroes.

neoncowboy
September 23, 2005, 09:00 PM
Mrs. Roberts,
Your husband is a hero in every sense of the word.

I am over in Gainesville and would like to buy him a beer or take you both out to dinner or make some gesture to thank you for standing up and making a tough call and doing the right thing in response to a horrible situation.

Please let me know how I can make contact with you both.

Working Man
September 23, 2005, 09:46 PM
Mrs. Roberts,

Thank you for posting on THR. Your husband is indeed a hero, a symbol of
the kind of men and women we at THR aspire to be. The kind of person that
will aid a stranger even at personal risk because it is the right thing to do. I
wish we had more such people in this world. I wish there was no need for
them too but there is.

I can not thank you and your husband enough, no one can. I hope he can
find peace of mind in that he most assuredly spared someone's husband
or wife, brother or sister, parent or child, from suffering a tragic loss at a
later time.

I agree with wmenorr67, counseling may very well help you both get
through this together, as certainly you are both suffering together.

You and your husband will always have a home here at THR.

My prayers and thoughts are with you both.

Richard

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