One of two suspects in the slaying of a Pompano Beach man nearly three months ago allegedly admitted she had “choked and killed” the victim during a robbery, a Broward County judge said Thursday.
“Police did tie you allegedly to this murder,” Judge John “Jay” Hurley told Danielle Sachs at her first-appearance hearing.
Sachs, 33, whose last known address was in Parkland, was taken into custody Wednesday on the count of first-degree murder in the death of Jeffrey Blaugrund, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Blaugrund was found dead with a plastic bag covering his face, Hurley said, and the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Blaugrund died of asphyxia.
Sachs’ alleged accomplice was her boyfriend, Jonathan Forster, 27, who also has since been arrested on a first-degree murder charge, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Blaugrund, 70, was killed in mid-October. In the early morning hours of Oct. 15, Blaugrund picked up Sachs and Forster from a Wendy’s restaurant in Fort Lauderdale and offered them a place to stay for the night, the agency said.
No one saw Blaugrund until Nov. 1, when deputies were called to Blaugrund’s home by neighbors complaining of an odor emanating from his apartment, the agency said.
Deputies found Blaugrund’s body inside, and determined the apartment had been ransacked, the agency said.
During the investigation, investigators matched a shoe print left at the bloody slaying site to Reebok sneakers allegedly owned by Forster, said Hurley, reading from an arrest report.
Also helping investigators in the case were 911 call records, cellphone records and statements made by Sachs and Forster, Hurley said.
Sachs also had told somebody about her involvement in the killing, Hurley said.
Sachs and Forster were indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 20. Through her attorney, Sachs had arranged to turn herself in to deputies the next day, but she never showed, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Wednesday, detectives caught up to Sachs in the 1700 block of East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and took her into custody without incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Thursday, Hurley ordered Sachs held without bond.