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Arrest Made In Homicide At JFS Food Mart

Suspect in JFS Food Mart Homicide

Release Number:  12-001
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has announced the arrest of Darius Bussey in connection with the homicide of Mr. Mohammod Islam, a clerk at the JFS Food Mart in Seminole. Mr. Islam was shot and killed Wednesday night, December 28, 2011, during a robbery attempt.

Who:
Darius Diquan Bussey
DOB: 11/3/89
Transient – No permanent address – he moves back and forth from the Valdosta, Georgia area to Pinellas County, staying with family members.

Charges:
First Degree Felony Murder – He is now being held at the Lowndes County Jail, in Georgia, awaiting extradition.

Where:  The homicide occurred at the JFS Food Mart, located at 11801 Seminole Blvd.

When:  The homicide occurred Wednesday night, December 28, 2011.

How/Why: 

Following the homicide, Pinellas Sheriff’s homicide detectives released a series of surveillance videos and still photos of the suspect from the JFS Food Mart and from another area business to the media in an attempt to identify the suspect. 

Detectives and deputies continued to canvass the area and other convenience stores, showing the surveillance photos. Another convenience store clerk saw the photo and told deputies that the suspect had been in his store with another male subject a day before the shooting at the JFS Food Mart.

Based on this contact with deputies, the store clerk provided additional video, and detectives were able to identify the other male subject, and others who were able to identify the homicide suspect. Detectives learned that the homicide suspect was staying with extended family members a few blocks from the JFS Food Mart.

The homicide suspect’s identity was also confirmed through fingerprints from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, which matched those obtained from the crime scene. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and detectives learned that he had left Pinellas County, for Valdosta.

As Pinellas detectives drove to Valdosta on Monday, January 2, 2012, the suspect turned himself in to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, reportedly at the urging of family and other local contacts. 

Detectives say Bussey admitted to shooting and pistol whipping the victim. Bussey reportedly said he committed the robbery because he was “in pain, hurt and stressed” about his financial situation and that he was unemployed.

Bussey said he had never been in the JFS Food Mart before.

Detectives have recovered the bicycle used in the crime, and are looking for the gun.

For information from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office – please contact Lt. Stryde Jones, 229-740-1067.

The investigation continues.
 

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