North Port Police, North Port, Florida

While the City of North Port braced for Hurricane Ian, the North Port Police Department was called to investigate an apparent homicide on Sept. 26 in the 3000 block of South Haberland Boulevard. Once on site, officers found a gruesome scene, with the victim bound and stabbed multiple times. After months of investigating, 53-year-old Michael Douglas of Port Charlotte has been arrested on charges of First Degree Premeditated Murder.
Douglas had been pursuing a romantic relationship with the victim. While Douglas was a person of interest, additional video, forensic, and DNA evidence was used to determine that he is in fact the killer. “It is due to hard work and dedication from our agency, which will help our victim’s family find some sort of justice for this senseless and heinous crime,” says North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison.
We would like to thank FDLE for their help in processing and expediting vital DNA evidence and support in this case.
Douglas has now been booked into the Sarasota County Jail.