Man arrested in shoving match that turned into murder in South Coatesville

Dominic “Buddha” Poulson
Dominic “Buddha” Poulson

SOUTH COATESVILLE >> With the help of witnesses, investigators arrested a “Cut Throat Family” member for a murder outside of a night club.

The Chester County District Attorney’s Office and South Coatesville Police Department announced on Wednesday the arrest of defendant Dominic “Buddha” Poulson as the alleged murderer of Victor Wilson, who was killed outside the Malibu Club in South Coatesville Borough on Sept. 30, 2017.

“This is a case where a shoving match turned into a cold-blooded murder,” District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement. “The victim, a hard-working guy who was just celebrating a promotion, was gunned down because an out-of-town criminal felt disrespected.”

The murder was investigated by county Detective Keith Cowdright and Detective Jerry Davis. Poulson attended a party at the Malibu Club at 602 South First Avenue in South Coatesville on Sept. 30, 2017 and had a gun with him, which he was not licensed to carry, according to investigators. Shortly after 2 a.m. that Saturday, Wilson arrived at the well-attended party.

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Investigators announced the following: Poulson reportedly started to argue with Wilson upon his arrival at the entrance to the Malibu Club. The altercation then became physical, with Wilson reportedly pushing Poulson to the ground at one point. Witnesses reported that Poulson and Wilson walked outside the club for what witnesses described as something intended to be a fair fist fight. But then witnesses alleged that Poulson pulled out his gun and allegedly shot Wilson multiple times. Wilson fell to the street and Poulson reportedly stood over the victim’s body and allegedly shot him again and again, investigators said. Poulson fled immediately after the shooting, according to witnesses.

South Coatesville police were dispatched at 2:22 a.m. and Wilson was declared dead at the scene. Investigators noted that an autopsy revealed he had been shot five times, including shots to the head and torso.

Wilson, 40, originally of Kennett Square, moved with his family to Coatesville. A father, he was a Coatesville Area High School graduate and he worked as a produce manager for the Acme Markets in Downingtown. He attended the Trinity United Bible Church in Coatesville where he sang with the choir, according to friends and his obituary.

Investigators said Poulson, 28, has a last known address in Edwardsville, Luzerne County. However, they added that he was seen multiple times in Coatesville City immediately prior to the murder. Investigators alleged that Poulson, who is unemployed, has associates with the “Cut Throat Family,” a criminal organization that is active in Philadelphia, Coatesville and other areas in the region.

“We have a simple message for the rest of the Cut Throat Family crew: we know who you are and you should stay out of Chester County,” Hogan said.

Multiple witnesses identified Poulson as the alleged shooter, according to investigators who said Poulson has a distinctive tattoo on his forehead, making identification easier. He has “CTF” tattoos on his neck and along the side of his face, which stands for Cut Throat Family. “We are grateful that witnesses came forward to allow law enforcement to make this arrest,” Hogan said. “The cooperation of the community is an invaluable tool in fighting violent crime.”

Hogan added that the “fact that the victim was just a working guy from the neighborhood probably had some role in people being willing to talk.”

Police said they also recovered a Cut Throat Family sweatshirt from the area where the defendant fled after the murder.

“Our police officers worked diligently with the Chester County Detectives to solve this case,” South Coatesville Police Chief Kevin Pierce said. “The law-abiding citizens of South Coatesville will not allow this type of violence in our borough.”

The assigned prosecutor is Deputy District Attorney Carlos Barraza. Investigators ask that anybody with information about this case contact Chester County Detective Keith Cowdright at 610-344-6866.

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