Sarasota Tip ID’d Delmer Smith on April 21st, 2009 in home invasion attacks probe, Sarasota home invader was profiled on April 21st.
SARASOTA — Weeks before a woman was beaten and raped in her Sarasota beach condominium and Kathleen Briles was beaten to death in her Terra Ceia home, detectives tried to track down a Crimestoppers tip that eventually led to a search for Delmer Smith III. They could not track him down — and a check against the federal DNA database showed nothing because Smith’s DNA was buried in thousands of backlogged cases.
Until now, Sarasota sheriff’s officials have said Smith’s name first came on their radar after an Aug. 14, 2009 Venice bar fight, which led to a match of DNA found in four Sarasota attacks.
His name came up much sooner, documents obtained by the Bradenton Herald show. “I was assigned this tip on 4/23/09 as a lead and attempted to make contact with Smith at the time, but was unable to locate,” a sheriff’s detective wrote, according to court documents released Wednesday. The tip came on Tuesday Aprl 21st amid a sweeping investigation of at least 10 violent home invasion attacks of women in their Sarasota and Manatee homes.
On Tuesday April 21st, a Sarasota tipster reported seeing someone suspicious as news reports on the home invasions ramped up.
The tipster gave a license tag, and a description of the man as thin and short, with thick brown hair, according to Sarasota sheriff’s spokeswoman Wendy Rose. Smith now has been charged with three of the attacks in Sarasota. He also has been charged in the May 26 condo rape and robbery, as well as the Aug. 3 slaying of Briles, who he is accused of bludgeoning with a sewing machine in her living room.
After the bar fight, Smith’s probation for the bank robbery was revoked and a search of property from a storage unit under his control revealed several items stolen from the four Sarasota home invasion attacks and Briles’ home. more from this source..........
Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Bay area counties investigating home invasions in Sarasota and Bradenton, Attacker profiled by private investigator Bill Warner.
April 21, 2009 Bay area counties investigating home invasions; BAY AREA -- Several agencies are investigating a series of home invasions in the Manatee and Sarasota areas. Detectives from the Sarasota and Manatee Sheriff’s Offices, as well as the Sarasota and Bradenton Police Departments, are sharing information in several cases which may be related.
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.
The FBI is also assisting in the investigation. A number of reports have been made over approximately the past two months, of women being attacked in or near their homes. All of the cases list the suspect as a masked male. As many as ten similar cases are being reviewed in an attempt to establish their relation. Each of the agencies has cases within their jurisdiction.
There does not appear to be a distinct pattern as to day or time of occurrence.It does appear the home invader may be looking through windows prior to entering the homes.
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, (Delemr Smith 5' 11" and 195 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.
Usually in cases like this, the Sarasota male perp would have recently moved into the area (Delemr Smith shows up in September 2008, seven months ago) 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 (Delemr Smith is an ex-con who did not have his DNA in the system making him untraceable).
DELMER SMITH AGE 38-White-M 09-16-2008 FEDERAL PRISON RELEASED
The Sarasota male perp would be single, he would be 35 to 53 years of age (Delemr Smith single and 38 YRS OLD) and he appears to work outside in the day time, working the Sarasota neighborhoods as he blends in. All of the attacks in Sarasota occured North of Clark Road and centered on Proctor Road.
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, like from property records, to identify single women in a certain age bracket.