Daytona Beach, FL – A homeless man the Daytona Beach Police Department has been trying to find for a week is now in handcuffs.
Officers booked 43-year-old Daniel M. Deperte at the Volusia County Jail early this morning, charging him with loitering and prowling at a property on Nautilus Avenue around 9 p.m. Sunday.
DBPD has sent out numerous Twitter posts in the last week about Deperte, claming he’s been walking around the southern part of beachside, knocking on the doors of homes and businesses to ask for money.
ARRESTED! Daniel Deperte was knocking on doors and going to businesses asking for money for his daughter. If you gave him money, you live in Daytona Beach, and you want to prosecute, come to @DBCops1, 129 Valor Blvd., and fill out a victim/witness statement. pic.twitter.com/rHniepAmDH
— Daytona Beach Police (@DBCops1) July 2, 2018
Folks, this man has been conning people out of money. HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO: If you gave him money and you live in the city, and you want to prosecute, come to the front desk @ DBPD headquarters, 129 Valor Blvd., and fill out a victim/witness statement. pic.twitter.com/3lZyLqe5Fs
— Daytona Beach Police (@DBCops1) June 28, 2018
IF YOU SEE THIS MAN OR KNOW HIS NAME, please call @DBCops1 ASAP. He is knocking on doors at the southern end of the beach side in Daytona Beach and asking for money. He is also a burglary suspect in that area. Call Detective Mary Talluto, 386-671-5220. pic.twitter.com/4nPB09eEXl
— Daytona Beach Police (@DBCops1) June 27, 2018
Deperte is also a suspect in several burglaries in the area, but he’s not facing a charge for that as of yet, per DBPD.
According to the arrest report, a woman living at the Nautilus Avenue home called 911 saying she recognized Deperte from the DBPD Twitter photos when he rang her doorbell claiming to be looking for a lost dog.
Deperte was found by an officer a few minutes later and detained after he wasn’t able to give that officer any identification, per the report. He also allegedly refused to identify himself until he was told he’d go to jail if he did not.
The report also notes that Deperte admitted to being in the area to get money from people and that he needs money to support his crack cocaine habit.