GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT
MEDIA NEWS RELEASE
Lt. Robert Vincent
Public Information Officer
Police Arrest Burglar
Darius Wilson had a birthday he is not likely to forget. The eighteen-year-old, who had been on the run for weeks, was arrested by Gulfport detectives while hiding at a friend’s house in St. Pete Beach.
Wilson was already wanted for violating his court ordered probation, but evidence also linked him to a Gulfport burglary. Officer Pete Horning had located and lifted ten latent fingerprints from the original crime scene, and examiners identified two of those prints as Wilson’s. The identification was made with the help of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS). Wilson’s fingerprints had been entered into the AFIS database following a prior arrest, and when Horning submitted the print cards from this new burglary, the system recognized a possible match and alerted examiners.
Gulfport Police crime analyst, Margaret Palmisano, was able to track down the name and address of the friend in St. Pete Beach where Wilson had been hiding out. With assistance from St. Pete Beach Police, Gulfport detectives arrested Wilson and are in the process of trying to recover the property which was stolen, including video games and jewelry.
Wilson, who turned eighteen on the day of his arrest (7/31/07), entered the single-family home on 9th Avenue South by removing a window air conditioning unit. Because the charges stem from crimes committed when he was a minor, police transferred Wilson to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center in Clearwater.
Darius L. Wilson, Jr.
Address: 2550 54th Avenue South, #3