Man arrested in deaths of activist Oluwatoyin Salau and volunteer Vicki Sims in Florida: What we know


Amber Roberson / Tallahassee Democrat

Tuesday

Jun 16, 2020 at 2:21 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the community mourns the deaths of two women reported missing last week, a suspect was arrested Sunday in the Orlando, Florida, area, hours after the women’s bodies were discovered near his home in Tallahassee. 

The bodies of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, 19, and Victoria “Vicki” Sims, 75, were found Saturday at the same location in Tallahassee. It is unclear whether or not the two women knew each other prior to their deaths at this time.

Salau was reported missing June 6 and Sims was reported missing June 11. It’s also unknown exactly when they died. 

Here’s what we know so far about their deaths and the suspect: 

Who is Oluwatoyin Salau?

Salau was an activist who was found dead Saturday night. 

She was affiliated with Movement 850, which describes itself as “student leaders and community residents working together to demand justice and policy change” for police reform in Tallahassee. She spoke at recent protests and spent her final days carrying signs that pleaded for justice in the wake of Black lives lost. 

“Those lives may be lost, but we cannot be scared,” Salau said last month, during a protest in front of the Tallahassee Police Department. “You are angry and it’s OK to be angry.”

In a series of tweets that were sent on the afternoon of June 6, Salau talked about a man who molested her earlier that day. She said the man offered her a ride back to a church where she had been staying.

On June 9, Tallahassee police posted on social media a missing persons flier for Salau, saying she was last seen June 6 in an area about a quarter mile away from where she tweeted she was picked up for a ride and later sexually assaulted. 

Meanwhile, the Kearney Center, a homeless shelter, reported that Salau sought help June 8 and was given phone numbers for people who could directly help her seek emergency shelter. They have no record of her trying to get in touch with those case managers.

Who is Vickie Sims?

Police say Sims,  was last seen June 11. Police reported her missing June 13, after a neighbor went to check on Sims and found the front door to her apartment ajar. Her home is about a mile from the area Salau said she was sexually assaulted.

Sims was a retired state worker, grandmother and volunteer who was well-known for her work in local Democratic politics.

In a statement released Sunday, Dave Bruns, spokesman for AARP, said, “Vicki worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others – as a dedicated advocate for older Americans; a committed volunteer for AARP, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend and other community causes; a devoted mother and grandmother; and a passionate, fully-engaged citizen, helping our nation to achieve its highest ideals.”

Suspect Aaron Glee Jr. arrested

Aaron Glee Jr., 49, was arrested early Sunday morning in Orlando on a warrant for murder, according to jail records. 

Police say Salau and Sims’ bodies were found near his rented home in Tallahassee on Saturday. 

According to jail records, the original charge against Glee was kidnapping with intent to terrorize.

Glee was also arrested May 29, on separate aggravated battery charges after an officer spotted him kicking a woman in the stomach, according to police reports. After, the woman told police she had rejected a sexual advance from Glee, who had become angry. The victim in that case was neither Sims nor Salau.

Nada Hassanein contributed reporting. 

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