Moments before his arrest, the man accused of terrorizing couples along a stretch of Pompano Beach approached an undercover investigator and told him to be careful, that the area wasn't safe, authorities said.
That seemingly innocent gesture, though, didn't sit well with the investigator and eventually led to the suspect's arrest.
A pair of arrest reports the Broward Sheriff's Office released Tuesday outline the details of the arrest early Sunday and one of the beachside attacks.
The suspect, Donovan Bryan, 24, of Coconut Creek, remains in the Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports Jail without bond. Investigators say Bryan donned a shiny black mask and was armed with a black pistol when he attacked a couple about 2 a.m. on Nov. 14 as they sat on a beach bench.
At first, the attacker demanded money, so the victims turned over all they had on them, $8. he masked man said it wasn't enough and insisted that the couple have sex in front of him. Then the attacker raped the woman in front of her boyfriend, according to one of the reports.
"At night, this is a very dark area, so he may have been looking for that," said Broward Sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Bukata, who made the arrest.
Bukata became suspicious when Bryan approached him. Bukata then introduced himself as a deputy, chatted with Bryan about the recent robberies and then asked Bryan for permission to search his car. Bryan granted permission and inside the trunk, Bukata found a shiny black mask and a handgun, according to the arrest report.
On Tuesday, investigators showed the black mask to the woman attacked on Nov. 14, and she immediately began crying, they said.
Bryan is suspected of attacking at least three other couples near Briny Avenue, in the southern section of the beach, since Oct. 25. He has not yet been charged in those cases, officials said.