Sarasota Police Detectives Attempt to Identify Art Theft Subjects

SARASOTA, FL. – January 17, 2017   – 1 p.m.

On December 12, 2016 at approximately 5 p.m., two men walked into Art Avenue, 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 119, Sarasota, and took two paintings off the walls without paying for them.  The two men then left the area on foot.

The two paintings are valued at approximately $7,500.  Several clear surveillance photos of the two men entering and leaving the art store are attached.

Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Dan Riley at 941-954-7062 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Patrol in park Friday ends with arrest & seizure of cash, drugs & drug paraphernalia

SARASOTA, FL. – January 10, 2017   – 8 a.m.

Rashad A. Johnson, 35, of 1300 block of 12th Street, Sarasota, was arrested on Friday evening.  He was charged with Possession of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Park, Possession of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a Park and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On Friday, January 6, 2017 at approximately 9 p.m., Officers were patrolling the area of Washington Court and Dr. Martin Luther King Way.  As Officers approached the gazebo at Fredd Atkins Park, Johnson was handling a small container and then threw it to the ground.

When Officers picked up the container, they noticed several small bags of packaged powder cocaine inside.  Officers also found Johnson wearing a backpack.  When they opened the backpack, they located a large amount of marijuana along with several small clear plastic bags and a digital scale.

While Officers conducted a test of cocaine in the presence of Johnson, he told Officers “you don’t have to test it, its cocaine.”  In total, Officers recovered 16 individual packaged bags of powered cocaine, 26 grams of marijuana, $960.50 in U.S. currency, several empty baggies and a digital scale.

Rashad A. Johnson, 35, of 1300 block of 12th Street, Sarasota, was arrested on Friday evening.  He was charged with Possession of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Park, Possession of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a Park and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Safety Reminders & Road Closures

SARASOTA, FL. – December 29, 2016   – 8 a.m.

The men and women of the Sarasota Police Department are working to make sure our community can enjoy a safe start to the New Year.  To make sure our community stays safe, Officers are encouraging people to avoid driving while intoxicated and refrain from discharging weapons in the air as a way of celebrating the arrival of 2017. 

The annual Pineapple Drop will be held again in downtown Sarasota at Lemon Avenue and Main Street.  The Sarasota Police Department is asking those planning to celebrate to please leave backpacks, coolers and alcohol at home.

Some individuals have celebrated the arrival of the New Year by firing a weapon into the air.  This is known as celebratory gunfire and is dangerous and illegal.  “What goes up, must come down.”  A bullet fired into the air is going to come down and the unintended consequences can be tragic. 

It is against the law to fire a weapon in the City of Sarasota; Violators can expect to be arrested.  Please see our Public Service Announcement asking visitors and residents to refrain from celebratory gunfire at http://youtu.be/9MaODNzokxo

If part of your holiday celebrations include consuming alcoholic beverages, plan ahead by not driving while impaired.  There are safer and less expensive ways of travel:  Use a designated driver, take a taxi or take advantage of the free ‘Tow to Go’ service offered through AAA.  Tow to Go will be offered until 6 a.m. on January 2, 2017. 

For Tow to Go in Sarasota, you can call 1-855-2-TOW-2-GO (1-855-286-9246)  The Sarasota Police Department will be out on New Year’s Eve and there will be no tolerance for the dangerous act of drinking and driving.

Several roads will be closed for the annual Pineapple Drop on Saturday, December 31, 2016.  Vehicles not removed by the posted time will be towed at the owner’s expense.  For information on towed vehicles, please call Upman’s Towing at 941-365-7084.

·       5 a.m., December 30, 2016 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2017:  Central Avenue closed Main Street to 1st Street

·       5 a.m., December 30, 2016 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2017:  1st Street closed from Central Avenue to Pineapple Avenue

 

·       5 a.m., December 30, 2016 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2017:  Pineapple Avenue closed from 1st Street to Main Street

·       6 a.m., December 31, 2016 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2017:  Lemon Avenue closed from Main Street to 1st Street

·       6 a.m., December 31, 2016 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2017:  Main Street closed from Orange Avenue to Central Avenue

·       6 a.m., December 31, 2016 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2017:  Lemon Avenue closed from Main Street to State Street

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Increased Patrols Starting First Week of January for Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

SARASOTA, FL. – December 28, 2016   – 10:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department has received a grant for a High Visibility Enforcement program for pedestrian and bicycle safety.  The safety campaign, which will begin the first week of January 2017, is in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. 

Officers will observe, educate and enforce traffic laws in the five chosen areas in an attempt to reduce the number of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle crashes.  Officers will also be working to educate citizens about the importance of traffic laws.

The goal of the safety campaign is geared to increase awareness of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle safety through education and enforcement.  The grant, provided by FDOT and USF, will allow officers to be present at five (5) key corridors in the City of Sarasota. 

The intersections in the City of Sarasota that were chosen were selected based on crash data involving both pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles.  The intersections were also chosen for their volume of pedestrian traffic and number of accidents involving both vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists:

·       North Washington corridor (SR 683 1000 Block to 2700 Block)

·       North Tamiami Trail Corridor (SR 45 – Mound Street to University Parkway)

·       South Tamiami Trail Corridor (SR 45 Mound Street to Hyde Park Street)

·       North Washington Corridor (SR 683 300 Block to 1000 Block)

·       Downtown Corridor (Main Street 100 Block to 2000 Block)

“The safety of our community is our number one priority.  We want every driver, pedestrian and bicyclist to know and understand the rules of the road,” said Sergeant Bruce King, Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit.  “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.”

All contacts with citizens will be documented and results will be sent to the Florida Department of Transportation for evaluation at the conclusion of the safety campaign.

                                                                          

Attempt to Identify Shooting Suspects & Vehicle

SARASOTA, FL. – December 16, 2016   – 2:30 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects and a vehicle that was used in a drive-by shooting.  The shooting occurred in the 2000 block of 28th Street, Sarasota, at approximately 4:54 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. 

Video of the suspects and vehicle can be seen at
https://youtu.be/fGbCVUkpt_c

The suspects are described as two black males between the ages of 16 and 20.  They were last seen fleeing the area northbound on North Washington Boulevard.  Witnesses described the vehicle as a faded blue/purple 1996/1997 Chevy Cavalier with a sunroof and spoiler.

The male juvenile victim was shot twice and was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital Trauma Center where he underwent surgery.  Detectives do not believe this incident is a random act of violence.  Detectives are still working to determine the identity of the suspects responsible for the shooting.

Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Maria Llovio at 941-364-7336 or email at Maria.Llovio@sarasotaFL.gov or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Seven men arrested in undercover operation targeting prostitution

SARASOTA, FL. – December 16, 2016   – 1:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, members of the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Narcotics Unit and Patrol Division, conducted an undercover prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes.

The operation was conducted in the 4700 block of North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  Seven (7) men were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.  Five vehicles were seized under City Code 33-271.

Murad Agagishiev, 61 3515 59th Ave W, Bradenton Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Murad Agagishiev, 61
3515 59th Ave W, Bradenton
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Jay Cavanaugh, 51 2100 Mango Street, Sarasota Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Jay Cavanaugh, 51
2100 Mango Street, Sarasota
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Elier Gonzalez-Perez, 20 3708 McIntosh Road, Sarasota Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Elier Gonzalez-Perez, 20
3708 McIntosh Road, Sarasota
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Hilario Pacheco, 36 1608 12th Ave W, Palmetto Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Hilario Pacheco, 36
1608 12th Ave W, Palmetto
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Larry Kramer, 64 314 65th Ave E, Bradenton Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Larry Kramer, 64
314 65th Ave E, Bradenton
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Faye Cohenour, 75 4254 Oak Terrace Circle, Port Charlotte Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

Faye Cohenour, 75
4254 Oak Terrace Circle, Port Charlotte
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

James Hunter, 66 286 Hood Road, Newman, Georgia Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution  

James Hunter, 66
286 Hood Road, Newman, Georgia
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution