Aggravated assault on SCAT Bus under investigation

SARASOTA, Fla. – July 21, 2014 – 4:30 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are currently investigating an aggravated assault that occurred Saturday, July 19, 2014.

UPDATE: Video of the suspect can be viewed on the Sarasota Police Department YouTube page at http://youtu.be/3pbqo4_zdQU 

The victim told detectives she was riding a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus to work, when a suspect in his late 20's to early 30's came and sat near her on the bus.

During the ride, the suspect attempted to engage the victim in conversation, however she tried to ignore him. The suspect asked for the victim's name and she gave it. The victim said the suspect began to repeat her name incessantly. The victim said he then asked for her phone number and she refused to give it.

The victim said the suspect got up from his seat and with his back to the front of the bus, removed his black flip phone, wallet and light blue/silver box cutter knife from his pocket.

The victim advised that the suspect opened the knife to reveal the square blade. The victim said the suspect brandished the knife and then closed it and put it away.

It's unknown at this time where the suspect got off of the SCAT bus.

The victim describes the suspect as:

Black male
6'0", 160lbs,
Black hair,
Brown eyes,
Thin build,
Late 20's- early 30's.

Suspect was last seen wearing a light colored t-shirt, dark colored shorts, sneakers and a white Miami Heat flat-bill ball cap with green and red accents.

Anyone with information or know of any similar incidents are encouraged to call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com