Police nab suspect in Florida murder case

Robert Lee Jewett

Charleston police arrested a suspect in a Florida homicide this morning after bank card activity helped investigators track the man to Piggly Wiggly supermarket on Meeting Street.

Robert Lee Jewitt, a 51-year-old homeless man, is wanted on a warrant for murder in connection with a slaying last month in North Miami, police said.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Jewitt is accused of killing a man and then hiding the body beneath the Sunny Isles Bridge. The body was found on April 14.

A North Miami detective called Charleston police on Wednesday and explained that Jewitt's debit card had been used at Piggly Wiggly on Sunday, police said. Investigators went to the supermarket after speaking with the detective but found no sign of Jewitt, said Charles Francis, police public information officer.

Sgt. Michael Niblock and Detective Richard Burckhardt returned to the store Thursday morning for a follow-up visit. This time they ran right into the suspect. They arrested Jewitt without incident at 11:18 a.m., Francis said.

Jewitt is now on his way to the Charleston County jail while Florida investigators make arrangements to fly to the Holy City to get their suspect, Francis said.