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Semmie Williams Jr. involved in scuffle with deputies after arrest

Incident reports detail how Ryan Rogers' murder suspect resisted deputies while being fingerprinted at jail
Semmie Williams Jr. arrest photo, suspect in murder of Ryan Rogers
Posted at 5:37 PM, Dec 07, 2021

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Semmie Williams Jr. got into a scuffle with corrections deputies as he was being booked into jail after his arrest last week, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reports detail.

The 39-year-old murder suspect is accused of stabbing Ryan Rogers to death last month in Palm Beach Gardens during what police described as a "random" encounter with the 14-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle.

According to a series of incident reports, Williams was raising his voice and resisting deputies while he was being fingerprinted early Thursday on the intake floor of the main Palm Beach County jail.

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Deputies Josue Nicolas and Corey Anthony said they heard Williams being loud and pull away from Deputy Michael McCabe, who was fingerprinting Williams. They said McCabe took Williams face down to the floor, and then they helped hold him down until he could be handcuffed.

McCabe said the incident began after he asked Williams if he understood why he was being arrested.

"Yeah, murder because of what they did to Black people about giving them syphilis," Williams answered, according to McCabe.

Poster board of Semmie Williams Jr., suspect in murder of Ryan Roger
Semmie Williams Jr., 39, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Ryan Rogers.

McCabe said Williams became "significantly louder" and yelled, "Are you the (expletive) judge?"

"As he said this, his left hand tensed up," McCabe wrote.

McCabe said he tried to move his hands to Williams' arm and wrist, but Williams "pulled away from me and tried to walk away."

"He attempted to take me down by holding my right arm and shifting his weight forward and to his right," McCabe wrote. "I resisted this and quickly took him to the floor, face down."

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After Williams was handcuffed with the assistance of Nicolas and Anthony, he told deputies, "I was going to beat your ass if they didn't help."

Williams, who was bleeding from his face, was treated for his injury by the intake nurse and then taken to the infirmary.

Rogers disappeared Nov. 15 after he went out for a bike ride and didn't return home. The boy's body was found the next day in a wooded area off Central Boulevard.

Ryan Rogers in soccer uniform with Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association backdrop
Ryan Rogers, 14, an avid soccer lover, was found dead in Palm Beach Gardens.

Palm Beach Gardens Police Chief Clint Shannon said Williams was a "homeless drifter" who fatally stabbed the teenager in what appears to have been "a completely random act."

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Police used DNA evidence to link Williams to the crime.

Williams is charged with first-degree murder. He remained in jail Tuesday without bond.

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