Sarasota Police Conducting Death Investigation

SARASOTA, Fla. -- October 20, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are currently conducting a death investigation after a body of an adult male was located in the 1800 block of 17th Street, Sarasota, just after 3 p.m. today, Friday, October 20, 2017.

The victim's next of kin has not been notified so his name is being withheld currently. Officers do not suspect foul play however the cause of death is pending a medical examiner's investigation. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

Sarasota Police Locate Stolen Bicycle from Paratriathlon Athlete

SARASOTA, FL. -- October 19, 2017 -- 10:30 a.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department have recovered a bicycle that was stolen from a visually impaired paratriathlon athlete on October 10, 2017.  Two photos are attached.

The stolen bicycle, which appears to be in good condition, was located by a citizen in the 2400 block of 17th Street, Sarasota, on Wednesday afternoon.  The citizen found the bicycle and called Sarasota Police after he saw the post on the Sarasota Police Department Facebook page earlier this week.

Sarasota Police officers are working to contact the victim, who is back home in Chile, and make arrangements to return the bicycle to him.  Thank you to everyone who helped share the photo and get the word out!

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SARASOTA, FL. – October 16, 2017   – 10 a.m.

Investigators with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a bicycle that was stolen from a visually impaired paratriathlon athlete on October 10, 2017.

The victim reported that sometime between 2 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on October 10, 2017, his white with red stripe tandem Cannondale racing bicycle was stolen from in front of his room at the Quality Inn, 4800 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  The bicycle was not locked during the time in question.  The bicycle is valued at $8,000.  A photo of a similar looking bicycle is attached.  This is not a photo of the actual bicycle that was stolen.

The victim is from Chile and was town for the Sarasota / Bradenton World Cup paratriathlon that was held on October 8, 2017 on Bradenton Beach.  The victim is visually impaired and uses a guide while racing.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call Civilian Investigator Jeffrey Birdwell at 941-954-7070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers of Sarasota by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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This is a photo of a similar looking bicycle.  This is not a photo of the actual bicycle that was stolen.  

This is a photo of a similar looking bicycle.  This is not a photo of the actual bicycle that was stolen.

 

UPDATE: Sarasota Police Identify Armed Robbery Suspect

SARASOTA, FL. -- October 17., 2017 1:15 p.m.

A good news update regarding the case below.  David Emberley, 19, of 1680 17th Street, Sarasota, has been arrested and charged with armed robbery thanks to numerous tips from the public via Sarasota Police Department social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Emberley was caught on camera entering La Pulguita, located at 1155 North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota.  He was armed with a knife and used it to threaten the clerk and demanded money.  He was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Additional information from the original releases is below.  Sarasota Police Department Detectives would like to thank the public & community for their assistance.  Emberley’s booking photo is attached.

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SARASOTA, FL. – October 12, 2017   – 2 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect who threatened a clerk with a knife and demanded money on Wednesday night.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at approximately 8:45 p.m., a man entered La Pulguita, located at 1155 North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota.  The man was armed with a knife and used it to threaten the clerk and demanded money.  The man was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Clear surveillance video can be found on the Sarasota Police Department YouTube page at https://youtu.be/222FY94ySxU

The suspect is described as a light skinned black male, mid 20’s, between 5’9” and 6’0”, thin build, unshaved with distinctive wings tattooed on the back of his neck.  He was last seen wearing a t-shirt that said “CREW” on the back and the shirt had a crab on the right sleeve.

Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Steve McDowell at 941-364-7309 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, FBI and FDLE now offering $25,000 reward for information about Jabez Spann

SARASOTA, FL. – October 10, 2017   – 3:30 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department, FBI Tampa Division and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now offering a $25,000 reward for information about the disappearance of Jabez Spann, 14.  This is an increase from the first reward issued on September 29, 2017.  Anyone with information is asked to call Sarasota Crime Stoppers at 941-361-TIPS (8477) or 911.  An updated reward poster is attached.

Jabez Spann has been missing since September 4, 2017.  He was last seen in the area of 22nd Street in Sarasota wearing a turquoise shirt.  Jabez is a black male, 5’09” and 120 pounds.

The FBI is contributing $19,000, FDLE is contributing $5,000 and the Sarasota Police Department is contributing $1,000 for a total of $25,000 in reward money.  Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Sarasota Crime Stoppers at 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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Sarasota Police to voluntarily wear pink shrouds, ribbon pins or badges for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

SARASOTA, Fla. -- October 2, 2017 -- 2:30 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is Going Pink!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Sarasota Police Department, in partnership with the Sarasota Police Foundation, is working to raise breast cancer awareness.

To show support for men and women fighting breast cancer and remember those who have passed away, Officers and Civilians have been authorized by Chief Bernadette DiPino to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by voluntarily wearing a pink badge, pink ribbon pin or a pink shroud. 

In collaboration with the Sarasota Police Foundation, the Sarasota Police Department will also be selling pink patches for $10 each, while supplies last, with all proceeds raised going to the American Cancer Society.  Pink patches can be purchased at the Sarasota Police Department Front Desk, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37.  Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50.  These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

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REMINDER: International Association of Chiefs of Police to Host Community Forum in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. -- October 2, 2017 -- 10 a.m.

The City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Police Department are working with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to conduct a staffing study of the Sarasota Police Department.  The staffing study will be a comprehensive operational assessment of the Sarasota Police Department.

As part of the IACP staffing study, there will be a Community Forum held Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Payne Park Auditorium, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend. 

The IACP is seeking external input from the public.  The IACP is also asking the community to complete a community survey which can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XRBJQF7

“We value the input of our community,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “We are inviting and encouraging members of our community who are interested in the future of the Sarasota Police Department to attend this community forum.  As part of our partnership policing philosophy, this is an important step in determining the needs of our community and the resources needed to meet those needs,” said Chief DiPino. 

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