Suspect charged in 2015 fatal shooting of Boynton Beach liquor store owner

Posted at 8:01 AM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 05:57:29-05

An arrest has been made in connection with the 2015 fatal shooting of a Boynton Beach liquor store owner who was just hours from retirement.

The homicide occurred Nov. 22, 2015 at the Liquor Market located at 1660 S. Congress Ave., taking the life of 79-year-old Ali Arezoumandifar of Jupiter.

Ali Arezoumandifa

The suspect in the case, Eric Colbert, 27, of Pompano Beach was arrested on Nov. 10 on an unrelated warrant. 


Court records show Colbert told investigators he and two others drove around Broward County searching for a place to rob.  They decided on the Boynton Beach location because it was in a quiet area and usually only had one employee.

In an interview with Boynton Beach detectives Dec. 2, Colbert said he fired his gun and missed the liquor store owner, but his accomplice actually shot Arezoumandifar as they left.

Jail records show that Colbert was booked Tuesday afternoon at the Palm Beach County Jail.  A judge denied bond for Colbert at a court hearing Wednesday morning.

Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater says Colbert faces charges of first-degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm.