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).