GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT
MEDIA NEWS RELEASE
                                                                 
Lt. Howard Coombs
Public Information Officer
727-893-1030

05/13/09 Teen arrested in possession of handguns, X-Box, and other items

GULFPORT, FL – Officers from  Gulfport Police Department arrested a teen for carrying a concealed firearm, resisting without violence, and loitering and prowling. This is in conjunction with an armed burglary and grand theft that occured in the city of St Petersburg.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., Office Jason Motte saw a young male riding a bicycle with a dark colored case in the area of 61 Street South and 8 Avenue South. Officer Motte noticed that the individual look nervous, and upon sight of him, made a quick turn to distance himself from the officer. Office Motte also noticed that the male appeared to be a juvenile. Officer Motte pulled up beside the individual and started a dialogue. The young man started to talk to the police officer, providing him with information on where he went to school, and why he was not in school at the time. When the conversation turned toward why he had a blue suitcase, and if he could search it, the teen ran from Officer Motte. Officer Motte looked into the suitcase, and saw several items, including two handguns. Officer Motte radioed for assistance and units from Gulfport Police Department, and a K-9 unit from the St. Petersburg Police Department arrived. The suspect was found hiding in a yard in the 1000 blk of 61 Street South. The suitcase contained two (2) handguns, and X-Box game console, a Playstation 2 game console, and a Nintendo Wii game console,  ammunition, a cellular phone, a bag of cannabis (under 20 grams), and various items.

The suspect is identified as Davontray Towns, 08/11/1992. He is currently a student at Gibbs High School. After interviewing the suspect, Gulfport Police Department detectives had information that a burglary occurred in the city of St. Petersburg, and in the 800 blk of 64 Street South. Both the St. Petersburg Police Department, and the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office have been notified, and are receiving assistance from the Gulfport Police Department.