Published On: Wed, Dec 30th, 2015

Boca Raton Police Make Arrest on University Park Murderer

Detectives from the Boca Raton Police Department have made an arrest in the murder of Nicholas Max Acosta.  On Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at approximately 7:20pm, Boca Raton Police responded to a reported shooting at U-Park apartments at 135 NW 20th Street. Officers arrived within 3 minutes and found Acosta with at least two gunshot wounds to his torso. Acosta was transported to Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The victim’s girlfriend stated that she was familiar with at least one of the suspects. She told detectives that she was with Acosta in their apartment when there was a knock on the door. She opened the door and saw two black males, one of whom she recognized from a party in the apartment complex two months earlier.  The girlfriend invited both males inside.  A few moments later, she says three additional black males forced their way into the apartment and ordered her and Acosta to the ground.  The girlfriend said that Acosta asked, “What’s going on?” and that is when one of the suspects shot Acosta.  Video from the apartment complex surveillance system shows five black men arriving in two cars, one black and one red. The suspects entered the building a few minutes before the shooting. The five suspects left in both cars at a high rate of speed right after the shooting.

The victim’s girlfriend said that Acosta sold marijuana out of the apartment in the past. She also said that a large bag of marijuana was missing from the kitchen counter after the shooting. A check of Acosta’s cell phone shows that he had a text conversation with one of the suspects prior to the shooting, regarding a narcotics transaction.  The conversation included the suspect texting Acosta that he had arrived at the apartment complex.  Acosta then texted the suspect the access code for the building.  Boca Raton detectives were able to trace the cell phone back to Donovan Malik Henry of Miramar. On Wednesday afternoon, Henry was arrested without incident in Miami Gardens and charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

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