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Monday, April 20, 2009

SARASOTA MURDER OF GEORGEANN SMITH IS TIED TO HOME INVASIONS OF FOUR OTHER WOMEN.



















SARASOTA MURDER OF GEORGEANN SMITH IS TIED TO HOME INVASIONS OF FOUR OTHER WOMEN.

Since late February 2009, detectives have tried to catch a man who they say attacks older women in their homes, beating them during a vicious string of robberies in broad daylight. Now, that same suspect has been linked to a slaying. Authorities say the killing of a woman on Jo-An Drive in Sarasota may be connected to the home invasions that have put residents on edge across Sarasota and Manatee counties. UPDATE.....Tuesday, May 26, 2009, Masked Man Beats and Rapes Woman In Her Home On Siesta Key, The Attack Mimics 10 Other Sarasota-Bradenton Home Invasion Serial Attacks of Women.

On April 6th Georgeann Smith, 37, was beaten and killed in her home in the 2100 block of Jo-An Drive, not far from Stickney Point Road. Friends found her body on the floor. The murder of Georgeann Smith is No. 9 on the detectives' list of home invasions in Sarasota and Manatee county even though Smith, 37, is much younger than previous victims.

Like the victims in all the other Sarasota home invasions, which took place North of Clark Road, Georgeann Smith lived alone. Police would not say whether she was robbed.

The attacker appears to be targeting mostly middle-aged women, creeping into their homes or yards and sneaking up behind them. He strikes them in the head, usually binds them with cords or rope he finds in their homes, then grabs cash, credit cards, jewelry and electronics.

In almost every case, the suspect wore a ski-mask and he sometimes wore gloves.

Detectives believe he cases the houses beforehand, peering into windows and looking for women in their 50s or 60s. One victim was sexually assaulted. He has told two victims that he is stealing because he "needs crack cocaine."

Usually in cases like this, the Sarasota male perp has recently moved into the area and has had numerous prior address's around the country (a drifter), see map above and note the Sarasota attacks center around Proctor Road.

The Sarasota male perp would be single and living alone, he appears to work in the day time, working the Sarasota neighborhoods as he blends in.

The attacks on the five Sarasota woman appear to have occurred in broad daylight which leads me to believe the Sarasota male perp has some kind of job and marked vehicle that would not arouse suspicion as he cases the houses beforehand.

The male perp (attacker) in the Sarasota area must be also able to access information on who lives in the houses he cases, like from property records, to identify single women in a certain age bracket.

FBI to help investigate Sarasota area home invasions;
The FBI has joined the Sarasota hunt. Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jeff Bell expects the FBI's contribution to include profiling information.

"They have national and actually worldwide databases that include information about particular types of crimes and serial crimes," he said. "And I think they're going to be able to offer a lot of expertise in that area."

Bill Warner
private investigator