DUNEDIN, Fla. -
Patrick Martin woke up to a knock on his door early this morning. The person on the other side, delivering some eerie news. "Police was here and we found out that our next door neighbor got murdered," Martin said.
That neighbor is 50-year-old David Elsey. A man Martin has lived next door to for the past four years. "He stayed at home. He worked from home," Martin said. "I would see him every once and a while outside and I would talk to him for 10 to 15 minutes, and that was it."
The investigation started with a simple traffic stop. Clearwater police pulled over 26-year-old Arthur DeCarvalho. During that stop he told officers to go check on the house off Summit Way in Dunedin. Police contacted the Pinellas County Sheriff's office who sent deputies over to do a welfare check at the house. That's when they found Elsey's body. "As of right now our detectives are saying that he has blunt upper body trauma," Pinellas County Sheriff Spokesperson Cristen Rensel said.
Deputies arrested DeCarvalho and charged him with first-degree murder. They say he also told them he was homeless and met Elsey online. How and where online is still being investigated.
"This is pretty shocking," Jason Kube who lives nearby said. Shock and disbelief is a feeling shared by most in the quiet Dunedin neighborhood.
"You just don't expect something like this in your neighborhood," Jim Colvin said.
Even though deputies have who they believe is responsible for Elsey's murder, this is all serving as a wakeup call for Martin. "You never know. You think you're safe, and this you know, happens right next door to you," Martin said. "It can happen anywhere."