NORTH PORT, Fla. — A Port Charlotte man was arrested in connection to the gruesome murder of a woman in North Port.
On September 26, North Port police were called to investigate in the 3000 block of South Haberland Boulevard.
When police arrived on scene, they found a woman lying on her back with both hands behind her body and her mouth taped. She had approximately 38 stab wounds to multiple areas of her body (head, torso, groin), with her intestines visible on top of her torso, NPPD said.
After months of investigating, 53-year-old Michael Douglas of Port Charlotte was arrested for her murder.
Douglas, according to the woman’s daughter during interviews, had been pursuing the woman romantically while also encouraging her to end her current relationship.
Additionally, Douglas had been over to their residence on more than one occasion, with access limited to the garage or outside areas, the woman’s daughter mentioned.
Documents were found that Douglas and the woman were in the process of buying a house with each other.
During his work shifts, a co-worker of Douglas said that he used his phone to display a picture of the woman while waving it in the air and encouraging those nearby to look at his “beautiful wife,” according to the police report.
Additional video, forensic, and DNA evidence were used to determine that Douglas is the killer.
Douglas is facing charges of first-degree premeditated murder.
He has now been booked into the Sarasota County jail.
“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,” said North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison.