Detectives looking for assistance identifying armed robbery suspect

SARASOTA, Fla. –  May 30, 2014 – 8:45 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are looking for assistance from the public identifying a man who robbed another man at knife point and was then seen in surveillance photos using an ATM in Sarasota.

On May 6, 2014, the victim came to the front desk of the Sarasota Police Department to report an armed robbery that happened on May 3, 2014.  The victim told detectives he was not going to report the incident due to not being hurt but wanted to report it because the suspect stole $400 from his account through an ATM.

The victim told detectives on May 3, 2014 at approximately 8 p.m., he was leaving Legends Pub, 1816 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, and when he was confronted by the suspect on the sidewalk.  The suspect had a knife and threatened to stab the victim if he did not give him his wallet.  The victim handed over his wallet and then the suspect jumped into a black vehicle and drove away.  The victim described the suspect as a white male in his late 30’s.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Tony DeFrancisco at 941-954-7049 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at