Karen Lynn King, 52, was arrested by deputies from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department at the home of a man identified as her present boyfriend, Aziz Munir, at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. Tom Raulen, a spokesman for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday.
She is awaiting extradition to Cherokee County, where she faces charges in the March 3, 2012, beating and kidnapping that left Lyndon Baines Smith, 65, blind in one eye and with other injuries to his face, ribs and brain, said Lt. Jamie Gianfala, a spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office learned that King was possibly at Munir’s home in Vero Beach a few hours before the arrest, when they received an anonymous tip from a caller who claimed to have seen her on the America’s Most Wanted website, Raulen said. She was featured on the television program of the same name in October, Gianfala said.
According to a release from Indian County police, deputies and detectives watched the Vero Beach residence for a brief time and saw Munir leave to take his dog on a walk and stopped him.
“We questioned (him) and he admitted that ‘Yes, Karen was in that condo,’” Raulen said.
They then took her into custody without incident.
“She gave herself up as soon as (deputies) walked in,” Raulen said.
Smith’s beating allegedly took place at King’s home in the Bridgemill community in Cherokee County in March 2012 when King and the other five suspects are alleged to have assaulted him over a dispute about money, which was likely their motive, Gianfala said.
Smith is King’s ex-boyfriend and the father of one of her sons, Gianfala said.
That son, Lyndon Ahlik Smith, 21, was one of the six who have been arrested in the beating, Gianfala said, along with another of King’s sons, Alonte Smith, 18.
After the beating, Smith was found unconscious in the trunk of his own car in Cleburne County, Ala., with one of the suspects, Melvin Floyd, 23, driving, police said.
The 2004 Mercury Sable was pulled over by Cleburne County deputies on Interstate 20 for a routine traffic stop. Deputies found Smith after noticing Floyd behaving strangely, they said.
Smith was taken to University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, where he was treated for his injuries. For a time following the beating, he was in a coma, Gianfala said.
Floyd was arrested on the scene.
The other suspects including King’s two sons and Will Robinson, 25, and Robert Silva Jr., 23, have been arrested in jurisdictions as far away from Cherokee County as Los Angeles, Calif., Gianfala said.
Gianfala said King will arrive in Cherokee County in the next two weeks and is among the three suspects who have not been released on bond, along with Silva, and Alonte Smith.
King is also wanted on armed robbery and drug-related charges in other jurisdictions and had several IDs and credit cards in names other than her own when arrested, a report from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said.
All six suspects have been charged and indicted with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and kidnapping with bodily injury, Gianfala said.