SARASOTA, Fla. – October 7, 2014 – 11:45 a.m.
Victor McDaniel, 53, has been arrested and charged with felony robbery by sudden snatching, after stealing money from a victim who was walking along the 1900 block of Main Street in Sarasota on Monday afternoon.
On Monday, October 6, 2014, at approximately 1:40 p.m., the victim told officers she was first contacted by McDaniel, when she was walking northbound in the alley between Hollywood 20 and the parking garage at 1993 Main Street in Sarasota, heading to Bank of America. The victim told McDaniel she couldn’t talk and continued to walk away.
When the victim was walking back through the alley, McDaniel came up behind her and said he needed a couple of dollars. The victim told McDaniel she didn’t have any money and McDaniel continued to talk to the victim until she advised she may have a couple of dollars. The victim offered $2 (two) and McDaniel told the victim to give him $20 (twenty) and then McDaniel reached into the victim’s wallet and grabbed $5 (five). The victim told officers she was so upset and yelled at him and McDaniel ran towards Fruitville Road.
Sarasota Police officers spotted McDaniel traveling westbound on Fruitville Road at North Links Avenue in Sarasota and arrested him. McDaniel was arrested and charged with felony robbery by sudden snatching.
The Sarasota Police Department reminds residents and visitors it’s safer to give donations to local social services and not to an individual. In Dr. Robert Marbut’s final report he stated, “Unearned cash is very enabling and does not engage homeless individuals in job and skills training which is needed to end homelessness. Additionally, more often than not, cash is not used for food and housing but is instead used to buy drugs and alcohol which further perpetuates the homeless cycle.”