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Friday, May 08, 2009

FBI To Help Investigate And Profile Sarasota Area Home Invasions As Of April 15th, 2009, But No Profile Has Been Released To The Public.

FBI To Help Investigate And Profile Sarasota Area Home Invasions As Of April 15th, 2009, But No Profile Has Been Released To The Public, Why The Big Delay ? 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.

When the FBI came on board in the Sarasota-Manatee home invasion cases on or about April 15th, 2009, it was expected by local cops that the FBI would profile the attacker, "They have national and actually worldwide databases that include information about particular types of crimes and serial crimes (serial murderer)," said Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jeff Bell. "And I think they're going to be able to offer a lot of expertise in that area."DNA is now in the hands of investigators trying to solve the three-month string of violent home invasions were one woman was murdered, those 10 attacks began in February and have continued into April.

Four local agencies are working together with help from the FDLE and the FBI. Investigators believe the DNA they found at one of those crime scenes will link several of the attacks...but not all of them. The DNA found would link to a registered felon who has committed a crime anywhere in the USA, but if the Sarasota Bradenton attacker has not been previously arrested there will be no match.

Sarasota County investigators say the suspect in a composite sketch released by Manatee County investigators from a March attack in Bradenton is not responsible for all ten home invasions. "That depiction is of a possible suspect in one particular case. This case may or may not be related to the others.

It is not one of those linked by the evidence previously mentioned. Continued circulation of that composite in regards to this overall investigation may be detrimental," says Col. Steve Burns of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

The attacker in the Home Invasions in Sarasota and Bradenton Fl has been described by victims as a white male, 5'10" to 6' 0" tall, about 175 to 185 lbs, he wears a mask and has made statements that he robs to feed a crack cocaine habit.

The attacker appears to be targeting mostly middle-aged women, who live alone, 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 (54" plasma TV).

Usually in cases like this, the Sarasota male perp would have recently moved into the area (Jan 2009, attacks started mid Feb. 2009) and had numerous prior address's around the country, a drifter, he could possibly have no prior arrest record as he has gotten away with the same attacks in other parts of the country.

The Sarasota male perp would be single and living alone, he would be 35 to 53 years of age and he appears to work outside in the day time, working the Sarasota neighborhoods as he blends in.

All of the attacks in Sarasota occurred North of Clark Road aka Stickney Point Rd., South of Webber St., East of Osprey Ave and West of Beneva Rd and Centered on Proctor Road, (click map above to enlarge). Murdered Georgeann Smith on Jo-An Drive went to the Bee Ridge Baptist Church on Proctor Rd, they held a memorial for her at the church after she was killed in April.

Some of 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, a job that would imply that he had no criminal record and was trustworthy.

The male perp (attacker) in the Sarasota area must be also able to access information on who lives in the houses he cases as to age, gender, race, number of occupants and medium income to identify single middle aged women in a certain age bracket.


The Sarasota County Sheriff's Department shot down the supposed sketch of the home invader that was released by the Manatee County Sheriff's Department.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Department works very closely with the Sarasota office of the FBI, several Sarasota County Sheriff's Department detectives work on Joint Task Force Teams out of the Sarasota FBI office, how does the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department know so adamantly that the suspect in a composite sketch released by Manatee County investigators is the wrong guy, do they have a suspect in the Sarasota Home invasions, information that they are not sharing with the Manatee County Sheriff's Department ?

The general public in the Sarasota Bradenton area deserves to know, (to be able to protect themselves), of a possible suspect description or at least a detailed profile of this possible suspect who appears to remain at large.

Bill Warner
private investigator