UPDATE: Attempt to Identify Aggravated Battery Suspects Caught on Camera

SARASOTA, Fla. – December 15, 2015 – 9:30 a.m.

Three of the four men caught on camera beating a store clerk have been arrested and charged in connection to an aggravated battery case that occurred in November 2015.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department have arrested the following three men:

  • Robert V. Smith IV, 22, 4630 61st Drive East, Sarasota / Charge:  Aggravated Battery

  • Willie Jare Vegas, 26, 1115 26th Street Court East, Palmetto / Charge:  Aggravated Battery


  • Zarirreon L. Milton, 22, 1240 31st Street, Sarasota / Charge: Simple Battery


    The fourth individual seen on camera has been identified by Detectives but not charged.  Detectives are working with him as a witness in the investigation.


    The original news release sent last week is below.



    SARASOTA, Fla. – December 10, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.


    Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify four suspects who were involved in an aggravated battery incident on November 12, 2015. Detectives have attempted to identify the four suspects through investigation but have been unsuccessful and are now asking for the public’s help.


    On November 12, 2015 at approximately 9 p.m., Sarasota Police Officers responded to the Exxon/Mobile Station, 2525 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, in reference a battery. Upon arrival, the clerk told Officers, four male suspects attempted to purchase a cigar. The suspects were unable to provide any identification so the clerk denied the purchase. The suspects argued with the clerk and left the store.


    The suspects returned a short time later and confronted the clerk while he was taking garbage to the dumpster outside the store. A verbal dispute occurred between the suspects and the clerk. One of the suspects, an unknown black male, then punched the clerk in the face multiple times.


    The clerk attempted to protect himself and wrestled the unknown subject to the ground. The three other unknown black males then joined the physical altercation, punching and kicking the victim multiple times. The altercation was caught on camera and can be viewed at https://youtu.be/Zyeq1NDQ15A 


    Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Anthony DeFrancisco at 941-954-7049 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

  Zarirreon L. Milton

Zarirreon L. Milton

  Robert V. Smith IV

Robert V. Smith IV

  Willie Jare Vegas

Willie Jare Vegas