Ex-con Delmer Smith III Arrested in Sarasota Home Invasions, But There Is A Missing Link, How Did He Know Homes Contained Middle Aged Women Living Alone North of Clark Rd and South of Webber? Ex-con Delmer Smith III is the muscle not the brains in this operation, who fed him info on where to go?
The attacker was targeting mostly middle-aged women, who lived 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 beats them again as he grabs cash, credit cards, jewelry and electronics (lap top computers) but robbery does not appear to be the motive.
It has been confirmed that a serial attacker of women is/was at large in the Sarasota Bradenton area who brutalizes his mostly female victims. The Sarasota male perp would be single and living alone (loner no friends), 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.
Ex-con Delmer Smith III is 38 years old, he is from Michigan, he was in the joint for 15 years and new to the Sarasota area in the fall of 2008, he is not internet savvy (there was no internet when he went in) so who fed him detailed information on middle aged female occupants living alone in middle class neighborhoods and why were the Sarasota attacks all confined to a specific area between Clark Rd and Webber ???
click image to enlargeAll of the attacks in Sarasota occurred North of Clark Road aka Stickney Point Rd and South of Webber St and centered on Proctor Road. Murdered Georgeann Smith on Jo-An Drive in Sarasota went to the Bee Ridge Baptist Church on Proctor Rd. I strongly feel that the Sarasota perp has access to information online as to who lives in the homes that he targets.
The home invasions in Sarasota and Manatee counties happened over a four-month period from February to May, but then the crimes with the same pattern seemed to stop (May 26th). Authorities are not sure why, but speculate that Smith might have moved and could be responsible for crime in other jurisdictions. Smith is not a suspect in the recent murder of Kathleen Briles during a home invasion in her Terra Ceia home, authorities said.
Friday, May 29, 2009, SARASOTA HOME INVASIONS PROFILED BY PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BILL WARNER, THE PERP HAS MADE NO MISTAKES.
I was aware of an individual in the South Sarasota area who was found doing what appeared to be surveillance from his vehicle on an elderly woman who lived alone. I came upon this man on three separate occasion, all three times he was sitting in his vehicle watching a house that contained an elderly woman who lived alone, during daylight hours.
Two subsequent phone interviews with Detectives and one interview in my home led me to believe that this man had become a person of interest. This man moved into the Sarasota area in the fall of 2008. This man matched the physical description of the attacker, lived alone, had a job working the Sarasota neighborhoods using a computer linked to a database and a GPS, working the area between Clark Rd and Webber, (where the attacks took place), he abruptly left the Sarasota area at the end of May 2009 leaving behind all of his personal items, including his TV, he was originally from Michigan.