Sarasota police searching for man accused of beating another

Sarasota police searching for man accused of beating another

acastillo@bradenton.comApril 3, 2014 

SARASOTA, Fla. -- April 3, 2014 -- 2 p.m. Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are looking for a man who is accused of beating another man and stealing his money. The man in question was seen on camera walking into a convenience store with the victim in Sarasota. On March 25, 2014, the victim told detectives he met a man in downtown Sarasota. The two men walked together towards a BP station in the 2200 block of Ringling Boulevard. The clerk told detectives the two entered the store (as seen in the video provided), appeared to be intoxicated and inquired as to whether the store carried 'spice' (also known as synthetic marijuana) to which the clerk told the two men no. The clerk told detectives the men made a purchase and left the store. The victim told detectives when he and the suspect left the store, they walked towards the train tracks. As some point, the victim was struck from behind several times with a stick or a piece of wood. The victim told detectives he turned to attempt to defend himself and was hit several more times in the hands. The victim told detectives the suspect pulled out a small folding knife, showed the blade and demanded the victim's money. The suspect left the area on foot and headed towards downtown Sarasota. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Maria Llovio at 941-364-7336 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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SARASOTA -- Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are currently searching for a man accused of beating another man and stealing his money. According to a news release, the suspect was caught on camera walking into a BP station in Sarasota on March 25.

The victim spoke to detectives and claims he met the man in question in downtown Sarasota.

After leaving the BP station together, the victim and suspect reportedly walked towards the train tracks. According to the victim, he was struck at some point from behind with a stick or piece of wood. The victim said he tried to defend himself and was hit a few more times in his hands. Detectives were told that the suspect pulled out a small folding knife, showed the blade to the victim and demanded money. The suspect then left the area by foot and headed towards downtown Sarasota, the news release states.

According to police, the two men had walked together earlier that day toward the BP station in the 2200 block of Ringling Boulevard. The station's clerk spoke to detectives and said that both men appeared to be intoxicated and asked if the store carried 'spice' (a nickname for synthetic marijuana). The clerk told detectives he said no, and that the men made a purchase and left the store, according to police.

Their stop at the station was recorded on camera. In the video, the suspect is seen wearing a cap and a snug black shirt with an open checkered top over it.

Anyone with information can call Detective Maria Llovio at 941-364-7336 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477).

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