Adam Simjee: Florida student, 22, SHOT DEAD in attempted robbery at Alabama’s Talladega National Forest

College student Adam Simjee from Clay County, Florida, passed away after being shot during an attempted robbery that occurred when he and his fiancée Mikayla Paulus were hiking in the Talladega National Forest in Alabama. The students from the University of Central Florida were travelling in the area of Cheaha Mountain when they came across a woman who was experiencing difficulties with her vehicle and decided to assist her.

The woman, who has been identified as Yasmine Hider, is said to have held the pair at gunpoint and led them into the woods in order to rob them, as reported by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Both Simjee and Hider were shot after the 22-year-old man from Apopka pulled out his own revolver and started shooting at them. Hider sustained wounds, but Simjee ultimately passed away as a result of his injuries. On Sunday, August 14, 2022, the incident occurred in the Talladega National Forest, approximately one mile from the boundary of the state park.

Following a call to 911 that was placed on August 14, 2022 at 11:30 am, the Clay County Rescue Squad and the Shinbone Valley Volunteer Fire Department were deployed to National Forest Service Road 600-3 near Cheaha Mountain, according to a press release issued by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. The victim’s girlfriend Mikayla Paulus,20, had placed the call.

They found Paulus administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to “her long-time partner,” who had been shot in the back prior to their arrival at the site. A “black female, later identified as Yasmine Hider,” who was laying on the ground nearby was also seen by the emergency workers that responded to the scene. She had been shot multiple times in the torso, which resulted in her suffering injuries. She was transported in an ambulance to a landing zone close by, and after that, she was evacuated to a hospital in Birmingham for medical attention.

Paulus allegedly told the deputies that when they were being held at gunpoint by Hider, she had seen another woman standing further away in the woods. This information was obtained from the deputies by Paulus. When Paulus reached out to her for assistance, the woman exchanged a few words with Hider before running away from the scene. She has been identified as Krystal Diane Pinkins.

In addition, the Sheriff’s Office warned that there “may be” a group of persons “living off the grid” in the National Forest, adding that these individuals “may be armed and potentially hostile.” In the end, the crew was able to determine that the camp was situated about a half mile away from the scene of the crime. “When the law enforcement officers were getting closer to the base camp, they saw a black woman standing close to the tents. As the officers were ordering the woman to go on the ground, a youngster of five years old emerged from the woods carrying a shotgun that was loaded.” Krystal Pinkins was determined to be the female, while her son was determined to be the male child. Pinkins was taken into custody and is facing a charge of putting a child’s welfare in jeopardy. In the meantime, a notification was sent to the Department of Human Resources, and they decided to take custody of the child.

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