Police: St. Pete man arrested for girlfriend’s murder has history of domestic violence

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Police say a St. Petersburg woman who was found dead inside a car last week had been stabbed. Her estranged boyfriend faces charges.

Police said friends concerned for the welfare of Sophie Solis found her body in a car parked outside of a home on Organdy Drive last Thursday.

Police arrived at the home to investigate and discovered bloody clothes in the trunk of the car along with photos of Solis and her estranged boyfriend, Warren Brown, 57.

Police said the couple had a history of domestic violence issues. Records show police were called to their home at least a dozen times this year for domestic violence incidents.

Online jail records show Warren was arrested for domestic battery three times in 2019. He was also arrested for aggravated assault, violation/injunction/protection from domestic violence and violation of pretrial release.

Just weeks ago, Brown was arrested for cutting Solis, a police spokeswoman said Friday. But, the woman opted not to go forward with charges and they were dropped.

On Sunday, police said Warren was arrested for second-degree murder and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. He’s being held on no bond.

“The power and control an abuser has is when there is silence,” said Gaelynn Thurman of the Community Action Stops Abuse group. “They can have more power and control over the victim.”

More than 6,000 cases of domestic violence were reported in Pinellas County last year, records show.


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