After standoff, Sarasota police arrest rape suspect

January 6, 2014 

SARASOTA -- Sarasota SWAT officers have arrested a suspect in a reported armed sexual battery early Monday, according to police.

The arrest came after a standoff that forced police to close part of a major crosstown street in the city.

"The original call came in at 3:49 a.m. reference an armed sexual battery," police said in a news release.

Officers, including SWAT units, responded to near the intersection of 17th Street and East Avenue, near U.S. 301.

"Our officers began investigating the incident as a sex offense." police said. "The suspect was armed with a firearm. The firearm was used during the course of the crime. Intelligence through our investigation led us to learn there were weapons inside as warehouse/loft as well."

Eventually, the suspect surrendered, police said.

The portion of 17th Street between Lime Avenue and North Washington Boulevard (U.S. 301) was closed until noon while officers waited for a search warrant, police said.

The name of the suspect has not been released.

"The suspect is facing possible charges," police said.

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