Operation targeting prostitution in Sarasota results in three men arrested

SARASOTA, Fla. – Jan. 29, 2015 – 8 a.m.

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, in conjunction with the Narcotics Unit, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes; "Johns."

The operation was conducted in both the 4200 block and the 1400 block of North Tamiami Trail (Whitaker Park) in Sarasota. Three individuals were arrested for Solicitation for Prostitution.

    Nabil Rezkalla DOB 03-23-58: 21120 Ashburn Terrace Ashburn, Virginia Charge 1. Solicitation for Prostitution (4200 block N. Tamiami Trail; arrest location)

 

 

Nabil Rezkalla DOB 03-23-58: 21120 Ashburn Terrace Ashburn, Virginia

Charge

1. Solicitation for Prostitution (4200 block N. Tamiami Trail; arrest location)

    Steven W. Sutor DOB 10-19-60: 712 30th Street West Bradenton, Florida Charge 1. Solicitation for Prostitution (1455 N. Tamiami Trail – Whitaker Park; arrest location)

 

 

Steven W. Sutor DOB 10-19-60: 712 30th Street West Bradenton, Florida

Charge

1. Solicitation for Prostitution (1455 N. Tamiami Trail – Whitaker Park; arrest location)

    Joel Sanchez Luna DOB 12-31-84: 2911 N. Lockwood Ridge Road Lot #2 Sarasota, Florida Charge 1. Solicitation for Prostitution (Whitaker Park; arrest location)

 

 

Joel Sanchez Luna DOB 12-31-84: 2911 N. Lockwood Ridge Road Lot #2 Sarasota, Florida

Charge

1. Solicitation for Prostitution (Whitaker Park; arrest location)

Pedestrian involved in vehicle vs. pedestrian crash dies as result of injuries

 

SARASOTA, Fla. – Jan. 28, 2015 – 9 a.m.

James E. Gulsby, 50, of Sarasota, has died as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicle versus pedestrian crash that happened on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Sarasota Police Traffic Officers were called to the 1500 block of Lockwood Ridge Road at approximately 8 p.m. on January 20, 2015. Gulsby was crossing the road, not in a cross walk, and was struck by a vehicle that was driving southbound. No charges will be filed against the driver.

Gulsby was taken by Aeromed medical helicopter to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton with critical injuries. Gulsby died on Monday, January 26, 2015.

Sarasota Police Department Receives Victims of Crime Act Grant from Department of Justice

SARASOTA, Fla. – Jan. 27, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department has been officially awarded the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant for the 2014-2015 funding cycle in the amount of $46,793 from the Department of Justice. This will allow for an additional Victim Advocate to provide services to crime victims in our community. The Victim Advocate Program is an integral part of the Sarasota Police Department’s Community Policing culture.

Brandy Borling joined the Sarasota Police Department on January 21, 2015 as an additional Victim Advocate for the Sarasota Police Department. Ms. Borling is a recent graduate from Kent State University in Ohio. She majored in Justice Studies and interned for the Victims Assistance Program for the Akron Police Department Detectives Bureau in Ohio. Ms. Borling was one of 84 applicants for the Victim Advocate position in Sarasota.

The Sarasota Police Department applied for the grant in February 2014 and was one of several agencies in the state of Florida to be awarded the grant. The federal VOCA grant program offers funding to local community providers for use in responding to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims, assisting victims in stabilizing their lives after their victimization, helping victims to understand and participate the criminal justice system and providing victims with a measure of safety and security.

  Brandy Borling joined the Sarasota Police Department on January 21, 2015 as an additional Victim Advocate for the Sarasota Police Department.

 

Brandy Borling joined the Sarasota Police Department on January 21, 2015 as an additional Victim Advocate for the Sarasota Police Department.

Sarasota Police Department Swearing In Ceremony - January 26, 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. - January 27, 2015 - 11:30 a.m.

On Monday, January 26, 2015, Chief Bernadette DiPino held a swearing-in ceremony for two new Sarasota Police Officers. Chief DiPino added, “I’m excited to add these two outstanding officers to our force. These two officers embody the qualities the Sarasota Police Department values which are professionalism, dedication and commitment to our community.”

The following officers joined the Sarasota Police Department as 2nd Class Probation:
Officer Hunter Craig
Officer Veronica Hernandez

Officer Craig grew up in Northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. Officer Craig has been in law enforcement for five years: two years at the Campbell County Jail in Kentucky and three years as a Deputy Sheriff for the Pendleton County Sheriff’s Office. He also served on S.W.A.T. for the Northern Kentucky Special Operations Group. Officer Craig’s father served as a Game Warden for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for 33 years, influencing him to pursue a career in law enforcement. After working several night shift winters, patrolling in sub-zero degree weather, Officer Craig decided to move to warmer weather and make Sarasota his home.

Officer Hernandez grew up in Sarasota and graduated from Booker High School in 2001. Officer Hernandez spent five years in law enforcement in the United States Air Force. Before joining the Sarasota Police Department, she worked for the United States Postal Service and taught martial arts at an orphanage in Puerto Rico. Officer Hernandez was inspired by a Sarasota Police Officer at a young age and decided after her military service, she wanted to return to Sarasota and give back to her community.

Detectives attempt to identify women caught on camera wrestling with clerk to steal liquor

SARASOTA, Fla. – Jan. 23, 2015 – 9:30 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify three women who were caught on camera trying to steal several bottles of liquor. Two of the three women are seen on camera wrestling with the clerk before threatening her and spitting on her. The clerk is seen on camera jumping the counter with a wooden bat in an attempt to get the women out of the store. Surveillance video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/0sYdhdtrVtQ

The attempted robbery occurred on January 11, 2015 at North Trail Liquors, 3428 North Tamiami Trial, Sarasota. The first woman, who detectives believe is a lookout, is seen on video on her cell phone coming up to the counter and demanding to look at different bottles behind the counter.

Shortly afterwards, the next two women enter the store. The clerk told detectives she observed one of the women take and conceal a bottle of liquor in her purse. The clerk told detectives she believed the other woman also concealed a bottle of liquor in her purse. The clerk locked the front exit door prohibiting the two women from leaving the store.

The clerk attempted to stop the women at the front exit door and asked to look inside their purses. The clerk told the women she was calling the police. One of the women placed her purse on the counter and the clerk observed a bottle of vodka in plain view. The clerk attempted to remove the bottle of vodka and the two women started to fight with the clerk.

When the clerk went to call 911, one of the women picked up another bottle of vodka and threatened to hit her with it. At this point, the clerk grabbed a wooden bat from behind the counter and took the bottle from the woman’s hands. The clerk followed the two women out of an unlocked door on the other side of the store and one of the women spit on the clerk as they were exiting.

The women were last seen leaving the store in a gray, older model minivan with front end damage. The vehicle was last seen going northbound on North Tamaimi Trail in Sarasota.

The lookout suspect is described as: Suspect 1) Black female, 25-30 years old, 5’3", heavy set, long black braided hair and last seen wearing a green t-shirt and white shorts.

The two suspects are described as: Suspect 2) Black female, 25-30 years old, 5’3", slender build, medium length blonde hair and last seen wearing a pink tank top and black and white striped pants. Suspect 3) Black female, 25-30 years old, 5’5", black hair with a bun on top and last seen wearing black leopard pants.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Dan Riley at 941-954-7062 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Sarasota Police Department Swearing-In Ceremony Monday, January 26, 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. – Jan. 21, 2015 – 8 a.m.

On Monday, January 26, 2015, Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a swearing-in ceremony for two new Sarasota Police Officers. The Swearing-In Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Room at the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

Chief DiPino added, "I’m excited to add these two outstanding officers to our force. These two 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 Hunter Craig Officer Veronica Hernandez

Officer Craig grew up in Northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. Officer Craig has been in law enforcement for five years: two years at the Campbell County Jail in Kentucky and three years as a Deputy Sheriff for the Pendleton County Sheriff’s Office. He also served on the S.W.A.T. Team for the Northern Kentucky Special Operations Group. Officer Craig’s father served as a Game Warden for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for 33 years, influencing him to pursue a career in law enforcement. After working several night shift winters, patrolling in sub-zero degree weather, Officer Craig decided to move to warmer weather and make Sarasota his home.

Officer Hernandez grew up in Sarasota and graduated from Booker High School in 2001. Officer Hernandez spent five years in law enforcement in the United States Air Force. Before joining the Sarasota Police Department, she worked for the United States Postal Service and taught martial arts at an orphanage in Puerto Rico. Officer Hernandez was inspired by a Sarasota Police Officer at a young age and decided after her military service, she wanted to return to Sarasota and give back to her community.