Arrest in Fort Myers murder of teenage girl

CREATED Jan. 28, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fort Myers police have made an arrest in Saturday's murder of 17-year-old Alexis Wilson.

Monday night police took 19-year-old James "Baby J" Brown into custody in the 2400 block of Jackson Street without incident.

“The murder of seventeen year old Alexis Wilson is a truly senseless and heinous act. Detectives Matthew Sellers and Emily Destefanis worked tirelessly over the last three days to facilitate the arrest of James Brown and deliver justice to the victim’s family”, said Chief Doug Baker. “Good police work is always imperative on complex investigations. There is also a great need for community participation in order to hold violent offenders accountable.”

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the members of the Fort Myers Police Department Violent Crimes Task Force were instrumental in the location and apprehension of James Brown.

James Brown was charged with 2nd degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated battery.

The murder happened at just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday when police responded to a gunshots call at the intersection of Winkler Avenue and Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard. 

Investigators say a vehicle pulled up beside the victim's vehicle and opened fire.  The victim's vehicle was hit multiple times and those inside immediately drove to Lee Memorial Hospital.

There were three teenage girls inside the vehicle, two survived their injuries but Wilson died from her gunshot wounds.