FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fort Myers Police have made an arrest in the shooting death of 17-year-old Alexis Wilson. According to police, James Brown a.k.a. “Baby J” was taken into custody without incident.
Brown made his first appearance in court today. He'll be staying behind bars because the judge did not set a bond for him. She also told him to stay away from the two women who survived the shooting.
Brown is due back in court on February 10th.
“The murder of 17-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.”
Brown was charged with Second Degree Murder, two counts of Aggravated Battery, and two counts of Aggravated Assault.
The arrest report says Wilson with with 3 other girls and a boy when they stopped at the 7-11 on Colonial Boulevard and Soloman to get gas. That's when they saw the suspect's car.
The driver of the car Wilson was in told police, "she recognized a male she identified as "Baby James" in one of the vehicles. She stated that "Baby James" is part of a street gang 'The Lake Boyz.' She further stated that Victim 5 (the boy in the car) does not get along with "Baby James" as Victim 5 is a member of an opposing street gang, 'The Habitat Boyz.' "
The driver also told police, according to the report, she "stated she immediately had the feeling that something bad was going to happen and told Victim 5 that she wanted to leave to avoid problems."
The report says the girls' car left and the other car followed. That's when another girl in the car told police she, "observed the rear passenger window of the suspect vehicle go down and saw "Baby James" lean out of the window, point a gun at their car and watched as he fired multiple rounds of bullets into their car."
According to our partners at the News-Press, a party will be held in Alexis Wilson's honor on Saturday at Club Blu, formerly known as Club Rehab, located at 3580 Evans Ave. Doors will open at 9:05 p.m., according to the Facebook page set up for Wilson's memorial event. Donations collected at the door will go to Wilson's mother.
We've also learned Brown was mentioned in another murder investigation that left a teenage girl dead about a year ago.
A witness initially told police 'Baby J' shot and killed the girl outside the Fort Myers Ale House restaurant. That witness changed her story. Brown was never questioned in that case.