Sexual Predator Registration for the City of Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. – July 7, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is informing the public that Henry N. House, 58 (DOB 1/10/1957) has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota. House’s address is 2677 Cheryle Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237.

House was designated as a Sexual Predator after he was found guilty and convicted of lewd or lascivious molestation to a victim under the age of 12 in October 2008. House is a white male, 5’10", 190 lbs., has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Photographs and additional information on sexual offenders and predators can be retrieved on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website at Residents can also sign up to receive notifications from FDLE of sex offender and predator registrations and address changes.

The Sarasota Police Department distributes this information to area schools, state registered daycare centers and posts the information on all social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Sarasota Police Department website,

  Henry N. House, 58 (DOB 1/10/1957) has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota. House’s address is 2677 Cheryle Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237.


Henry N. House, 58 (DOB 1/10/1957) has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota. House’s address is 2677 Cheryle Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237.

Sarasota Police Investigating Armed Robbery

SARASOTA, Fla. – July 2, 2015 – 6 p.m.

Sarasota Police Officers are currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at North Trail Liquors, 3428 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery in progress. The clerk told Officers a male suspect entered the store, implying he had a firearm. The suspect went from the front of the store to behind the counter and demanded cash. The clerk gave the suspect an unknown amount of cash and the suspect fled the store.

The suspect was last seen wearing a mask, hat, bandana, a black t-shirt with a face picture on the front and gray long shorts. He’s believed to be between the ages of 25 and 30.

Video of the armed robbery and the suspect then running through a nearby parking lot can be viewed at

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Darrell Nixon at 941-954-7078 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at

Texas Fugitive Wanted for Terroristic Threats Arrested in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. – July 2, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service, Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force have arrested Douglas Esposito, 52, of Woodlands, Texas, in Sarasota. Esposito is a fugitive from justice wanted in Montgomery County, Texas for making terroristic threats.

Sarasota Police Officers received information that Esposito was staying with a friend in the City of Sarasota. Esposito was arrested on June 23, 2015 at 1628 9th Street, Sarasota, without incident.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Woodlands, Texas, is investigating this case. According to deputies in Texas, Esposito made a call to Costco Wholesale Center in Woodlands, Texas on May 22, 2015. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Esposito told the associate at Costco, "listen carefully; someone in the store has a bomb." Esposito was identified as the individual who phoned the bomb scare into the store and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

For more information on the terroristic threat charges, please contact Public Information Officer Lieutenant Brady Fitzgerald of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-538-3456.

  Douglas Esposito, 52,


Douglas Esposito, 52,

Sarasota Police Chosen as a Winner of U.S. Department of Justice Photo Contest

SARASOTA, Fla. – July 2, 2015 – 9:30 a.m

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has announced the Sarasota Police Department has been chosen as a winner of its 20th anniversary ‘Community Policing in Action’ photo contest.

The Sarasota Police Department is one of 12 law enforcement agencies in the country to be chosen in the first-ever social media photo contest. The photo features Officer Carmen Woods and Lieutenant Kenneth Castro dancing with residents and visitors at community barbecue on January 4, 2014. The photo was taken by the Sarasota Police Department Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator, Genevieve Judge, during the event.

"This photo highlights how our police department builds relationships and trust in our community," said Chief Bernadette DiPino. "It’s an honor to have a national organization, like the U.S. Department of Justice, recognize the work our men and women do every day to keep the City of Sarasota a safe place to live, work and play."

The photo featuring the Sarasota Police Department will be the cover photos on the COPS Office Twitter and Facebook pages for the month of July. To read the news release from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office, please visit

To see the photos on the COPS Social Media pages, visit the COPS Facebook page at and Twitter page at

Sarasota Police Swearing-In Ceremony Thursday, July 2, 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. – July 1, 2015 – 2 p.m.

Tomorrow, Thursday, July 2, 2015, Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a swearing-in ceremony for six (6) new Sarasota Police Officers. The Swearing-In Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Room of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

Chief DiPino added, "I’m excited to add these outstanding officers to our force. These officers embody the qualities the Sarasota Police Department values which are professionalism, dedication and commitment to our community." The following officers join the Sarasota Police Department as 2nd Class Probation:

• Officer Kayla Anderson

• Officer Amber DeFrancisco

• Officer Angie Grindstaff

• Officer Daniel Furner

• Officer Bryan Lundstrum

• Officer Larry McQueen

Officer Kayla Anderson is from Moscow, Russia but grew up in Sarasota. She graduated from Venice High School and Florida State University. Officer Anderson most recently served with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

Officer Amber DeFrancisco is from Sarasota. She graduated from Riverview High School and the University of South Florida.

Officer Angie Grindstaff is from North Carolina and most recently served as a Police Officer with the Marion Police Department in North Carolina.

Officer Daniel Furner is from Sarasota. He graduated from Sarasota High School and spent nine years in the United States Marine Corps. Officer Bryan Lundstrum is from Sarasota. He graduated from Riverview High School and the University of South Florida. He holds a Masters in Criminal Justice and served as a Military Police Captain in the United States Army.

Officer Larry McQueen is from New Jersey and most recently served 20 years with the New York Police Department and retired as the rank of Detective.

Family, friends, community members and media are welcome to attend this swearing in ceremony.

Stabbing Investigation

SARASOTA, Fla. -- 3:30 p.m. -- June 26, 2015

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. today, Sarasota Police Officers responded to the 2100 block of Leon Avenue for a report of a stabbing.

Shortly after Officers arrived, a 6-year-old girl was taken to an area hospital with injuries.  The victim is currently in critical but stable condition.  The victim’s name is being withheld at this time.

A suspect is in custody.  Ashley Parker has been charged with attempted murder.  A previous booking photo is below.  Parker is the mother of the 6-year-old child.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.