Sarasota Police Attempt to Identify Suspects in Monday afternoon shooting

SARASOTA, FL. – June 20, 2017   – 2 p.m.

On Monday, June 19, 2017, Sarasota Police Officers responded to shots fired near 32nd Street and North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota.  Officers were dispatched that multiple callers were advising two vehicles were chasing each other eastbound on 32nd Street and then northbound on North Washington Blvd., while firing shots at each other.

No one was injured but there was property damage caused by bullets in the 3000 block of North Washington Blvd.  Video of the two vehicles involved can be found on the Sarasota Police Department YouTube page at https://youtu.be/N_dhfs_U7ho   

The vehicles are described as:

·       Vehicle 1: A newer model, gold Chevy Malibu with dark tinted windows.

·       Vehicle 2: A newer model white Toyota Camry with dark tinted windows.

Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Anthony DeFrancisco at 941-954-7049 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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Sarasota Police Attempt to Identify Armed Robbery Suspects

SARASOTA, FL. – June 19, 2017   – 11:30 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying two armed robbery suspects who demanded money from a bartender at Memories Lounge, 3428 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  The armed robbery occurred on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at approximately 1:30 a.m.  Video can be found at https://youtu.be/YQKC4x64B1I

Two males are seen on camera entering the lounge’s parking lot from the south east.  The suspects crossed the parking lot and ran through the front door of the lounge.  Once inside, one suspect, who appeared to be armed with a rifle, made his way towards the bar and demanded money from the bartender.  The suspect pushed the bartender to the cash register where he removed an unknown amount of cash.  The suspect also grabbed two bottles of alcohol before leaving the lounge.  The second suspect was out of camera view during this time.  Both suspects were seen leaving through the back parking lot, on foot.

The suspects are described as:

First Suspect: Black male, between 25 and 35 years of age, 5'8"-5'10", muscular build, long black goatee or beard, brown eyes and black hair.  He was last seen wearing a black beanie cap, gray hoodie, black shorts, black string backpack on his chest, black socks, and tan/white shoes.  He was armed with a rifle.    

Second Suspect: Black male, between 25 and 35 years of age, thin build, approximately 6'0”.  Last seen wearing a black hoodie, black long pants or jeans and black shoes.  He was armed with a shotgun. 

Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Dustin Luciano at 941-780-2646 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com           

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3 Vehicle Crash Investigation at Faubel Street & Higel Avenue

SARASOTA, FL. – June 15, 2017   – 1:15 p.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit are continuing their investigation into a 3-vehicle fatality crash that occurred on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at approximately 6 p.m. at the intersection of Faubel Street and Higel Avenue, Sarasota.  Both speed and a possible medical issue were factors that investigators believe caused the crash.

Guy Theron, 57, of Sarasota, died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  Theron was driving the 2008 silver Dodge mini-van.  There were questions from several media outlets about the Uber sticker found on the windshield of the mini-van.  Theron was not driving for Uber at the time of the crash and there was no one else in the van at the time of the crash.  Next of kin has been notified.

Ian Lee, 18, of Sarasota, was driving the 2000 gold Honda.  He was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Killian Metz, 17, of Sarasota, was transported with Sarasota Memorial Hospital with serious injuries but is expected to recover.  He was the driver of the black Scion.

Darian Callahan, 19, of Sarasota, was a passenger inside the black Scion.  He was transported with Sarasota Memorial Hospital with critical injuries but is expected to recover.

At this time, investigators believe Theron was driving his silver Dodge mini-van at a high rate of speed northbound on Higel Avenue and the other two vehicles were driving southbound.  For unknown reasons at this time, Theron swerved, striking one vehicle and then swerved again striking the other vehicle.

The crash remains under investigation.

June 14, 2017 – 10:15 p.m.
The intersection of Faubel and Higel in Sarasota is now open.  The crash involved 3 vehicles, NOT 4 vehicles.  Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.  Four male adults were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital as trauma alerts.

 

June 14, 2017   – 7:10 p.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are investigating a 4-vehicle crash with serious injuries at the intersection of Faubel Street and Higel Avenue in Sarasota.  The North Bridge to Siesta Key is expected closed for the next several hours.  Drivers are being asked to please use the South Bridge.  I'm on my way to the scene now. All media is being asked to stage at the patrol car at the intersection of Siesta and Higel. I will be on scene at approximately 7:30 PM.  I will send additional information as soon as it is provided to me. Traffic unit Officers are still arriving on scene at this time.
 

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Myrtle Street and North Tamiami Trail Traffic Crash Investigation

SARASOTA, FL. – June 15, 2017   – 12:15 p.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit are continuing their investigation into a single motorcycle crash that occurred on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at approximately 4:30 a.m. at the intersection of Myrtle Street and North Tamiami Trail (US 41).

E. C. Snell, 41, of Bradenton, died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the motorcycle crash.  His next of kin has been notified.

Snell was driving his 2017 Kawasaki motorcycle northbound on North Tamiami Trail when for unknown reasons swerved and crashed into a pole at the intersection of Myrtle Street.  Officers do not believe speed was a factor in the crash at this time. 

June 14, 2017 -- 7:15 a.m.

All lanes of North Tamiami Trail ( US 41) at Myrtle Street in Sarasota are now open.  A male victim is the only person who was on the motorcycle at the time of the crash.  He has been transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with critical injuries.  The crash remains under investigation.

June 14, 2017 -- 5:30 a.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are just arriving on scene of a single motorcycle crash with injuries at Myrtle Street & N Tamiami Trl (US41) in Sarasota. 

At this time, it's believed there was only one person on the motorcycle.  Injuries along with other details are unknown at this time.

Northbound lanes are currently closed at Myrtle and US41.  Southbound lanes are open, but traffic is moving slowly.  Officers are asking drivers to please avoid the area.
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Attempt to Identify Bicycle Theft Suspect

SARASOTA, Fla. -- June 8, 2017 -- 2:15 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify a bicycle theft suspect who was caught on camera multiple times between April 22, 2017 2016 and May 27, 2017 at various locations.  Detectives believe the same person is responsible for all the thefts.

·       On April 25, 2017, Officers responded to 1771 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, in reference to a bicycle burglary.  Two specialized bicycles were stolen on April 22, 2017.  1.) A black men’s bicycle.  2.) A silver women’s bicycle.

·       On May 15, 2017, Officers responded to 1771 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, in reference to a bicycle burglary.  Several storage units had been broken into and a Trek 4300 men’s silver mountain bicycle was stolen.

·       On May 25, 2017, front desk Officers took a report of two stolen bicycles from 707 South Gulfstream Avenue, Sarasota.  The victim told Officers someone entered the parking garage, cut a lock around both bicycles and took them.  A Blue Diamond Back bicycle and Tan Giant bicycle were stolen.

·       On May 28, 2017, Officers responded to 770 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, in reference to a bicycle burglary.  The stolen bicycle is described as a specialized bike with a red frame, Village Bike Stamp with straight handlebars, 18 speed.

Video from the four different thefts can be found on the Sarasota Police Department YouTube page at https://youtu.be/6oJqJImPUbY   Detectives believe the suspect is still in the area.  Detectives suggest the following safety tips to keep your bicycle safe:

·       Register your bicycle with the Sarasota Police Department at www.sarasotapd.org

o   Registering your bicycle, serial number and other information can help Officers if your bicycle is stolen and later recovered.

·       Use high quality locks

o   A local bicycle shop can advise which locks are best for your bicycle.

·       Always lock your bicycle

o   Securing your bicycle, if even away from it for a few minutes, can deter criminals.  This includes locking your bicycle inside your garage.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Sarasota Police Host Blue + You Free Movie Night Saturday, June 10, 2017

In partnership with Comfortable Care Dental, Robert L. Taylor Community Complex and the Sarasota City Soccer Club, the Sarasota Police Department will be hosting another free ‘Blue + You’ Movie Night featuring ‘Sing’ this weekend. 

The free movie night will be held at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. and ‘Sing’ begins at 8:30 p.m.  If it rains, the movie will be moved inside the gym.

The community is invited to this free event and are welcome to bring blankets and chairs and invite neighbors, family members and friends.  Complimentary snacks and drinks will be served.

‘Blue + You’ is an initiative that honors our community and connects them with the Sarasota Police Department.  The ‘Blue + You’ Movie Series began in April 2014.