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Alleged Child Predator/Video Voyeur Attacks Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy In Escape Attempt

Samuel Shirk, a twenty-year old Broward man, fought with Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) personnel while being questioned about sexual battery on a minor. According to a high level source, Shirk was in custody when being interviewed by a BSO detective. During the interview, Shirk asked to use the restroom and was escorted by a BSO deputy.

When Shirk exited the bathroom, he charged the deputy and attempted to take her weapon. A violent struggle ensued. The detective joined the struggle with the suspect. The detective helped hold the suspect down.

The deputy was severely beaten before help arrived. The source said Shirk had a “firm grip” on her weapon.

Other law enforcement officers tried to assist the deputy and detective however they could not access the room.

According to the source, an officer from another floor was summoned to gain access to the room.

Shirk was charged with multiple felonies.

Samuel Shirk

The charges include lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under 12 years old, sexual assault of a victim under 12 years old and video voyeurism of a victim under 19 years old.

Charges stemming from the escape attempt include two charges of battery on an officer, use of a firearm during a felony, obstruct/deprive means of communication and two charges of attempted escape.

Shirk is being held at the main jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Merick Lewin Drops Out Of Broward School Board District 6 Race, Endorses Steven Julian

Merick Lewin dropped out the Broward School Board District 6 seat on Saturday citing business and family commitments. Lewin posted the news on his Facebook page. The Davie resident endorsed opponent Steven Julian of Plantation.

“Steven is the clear choice…to put our kids first and work towards a stronger Broward school system,” Lewin wrote.

The seat is currently held by Laurie Rich Levinson.

Screenshots Show Nick Sortal Tried To Hide Late-Night Messages Sent To Plantation Resident

Councilman Nick Sortal tried to hide late-night Facebook messages he sent to a female Plantation resident after she criticized his recent behavior. Fortunately, screenshots of Sortal’s bizarre messages were provided to REDBROWARD. As we reported yesterday, Nick Sortal made a late-night phone to former supporter Susanna Bott after she asked him to quit his campaign for Mayor of Plantation. Sortal told Bott that accusations he made inappropriate sexual and racial remarks to a City of Plantation employee were “untrue.”

Sortal’s denials came just five days AFTER a Plantation City Council meeting where he admitted to making remarks about his penis and his satisfaction that “Plantation will never have a black mayor.”

Late Night With Nick Sortal

In the now “unsent” Facebook message, Sortal claimed, “Their ‘facts’ are twisted and untrue. I am very upset about this. My [wife] was there. Can we please talk and would you hold off on posting until I get a fair chance to talk?”

“Their statements are not true!!” Sortal said.

In a second message, Sortal says his wife would have “slapped me silly right then and there.”

At some point after sending the messages to Bott, Sortal utilized a Facebook Messenger feature that allows a user to “unsend” a message.

Unsent By Nick Sortal

Unprofessional. Unbecoming.

Now, possibly unhinged.

Nick Sortal wants a “fair chance” to speak the truth?

On June 22, 2022, Nick Sortal opened the Plantation City Council meeting with a three minute statement. He had the floor. No interruptions.

During that three minutes, Sortal admitted, for the third time on the record, to making the inappropriate sexual and racial remarks.

Why did he admit to both comments if they were untrue?

He claimed he was being sarcastic when he told a black employee, “Oh good, Plantation will never have a black mayor.” Nick Sortal said it was a tone deaf joke.

How can it be twisted if he admitted to it?

Why is Nick Sortal and his Council ally Denise Horland so desperate to keep the story under wraps?

The kids these days call it “gaslighting.”

Do they think intimidation tactics will keep Plantation residents from learning the truth?

Plantation voters deserve better, right?