Arrest Made in Monday Night Homicide

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 30, 2015 – 2:45 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department, agents with the United States Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Taskforce with the assistance of the Tampa Police Department, have arrested Diandrew L. Clarkson, 20, of Tampa, in connection with the homicide that occurred Monday evening at approximately 7 p.m. in the 1500 block of 25th Street, Sarasota. Clarkson has been charged with one count of murder. Clarkson was arrested Wednesday morning at a residence in Tampa.

On Monday, Officers with the Sarasota Police Department responded to the 1500 block of 25th Street, Sarasota, in reference to a vehicle crash. Detectives determined the victim, Daniel T. Ortiz, 44, of Sarasota, was a victim of a gunshot wound. EMS responded and transported Ortiz to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Witnesses have told Detectives the suspect and victim were involved in a verbal dispute over the sale of narcotics. During the dispute, Clarkson pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and fired one shot into the car. Ortiz then drove several hundred feet before crashing into a tree near the intersection of Orange Avenue and 25th Street. This is where Officers later found him.

Clarkson has been booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. His booking photo is attached.

NEWS RELEASE FROM MONDAY: Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are currently investigating a homicide that occurred Monday at approximately 7 p.m.

Detectives responded to a single vehicle crash near the intersection of 25th Street and Orange Avenue in Sarasota. When they arrived, a male victim was found with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he later died. Detectives believe, at this time, a shooting occurred near the intersection of 25th Street and Leon Avenue

and the victim drove himself several hundred feet before crashing into a tree near the intersection of 25th Street and Orange Avenue. The name of the victim is being withheld until the next of kin has not been notified.

A suspect is not in custody at this time. Detectives are actively working all leads including interviewing possible witnesses. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 941-954-7070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com