An arrest has been made in the robbery-homicide of a Seminole food mart clerk last Wednesday.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced Tuesday that 22-year-old Darius Diquan Bussey was taken into custody and charged with first degree felony murder. Bussey was arrested in Valdosta, Georgia, where he had fled after the shooting, officials said.
According to deputies, Bussey moves back and forth between St. Petersburg and Valdosta, where he has family members.
According to the sheriff’s office, surveillance videos and still photos shown to the public by Bay area media was “a significant factor” in identifying Bussey and making an arrest.
According to Sheriff Gualtieri, the media’s assistance in featuring the surveillance videos and still photos was a significant factor contributing to identifying the suspect and making the arrest.
Seminole, Florida — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the man who killed a store clerk Wednesday night (December 28th).
It happened at the JFS Food Mart at 11801 Seminole Boulevard, the sheriff’s office said.
The clerk, 37-year-old Mohammod Tawhidul Islam, was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Islam’s wife tells 10 News he was shot.
On Thursday morning, detectives released surveillance video of the suspect, in hopes that someone might recognize him.
The suspect is described as a black male in his mid 20s, with a thin build, about 5’10” to 6′ tall. He was last seen wearing a black knit cap, a black hoodie, gray sweat pants and black Converse sneakers. Investigators say he left the scene on a bicycle.
Deputies ask anyone who may have witnessed the crime or has information about it for the suspect to call them at (727) 582-6200. To remain anonymous, call a tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office