Manatee woman beaten, robbed by 5 in parking lot

June 26, 2014 

Woman beaten, robbed by 5

MANATEE -- A woman was beaten and robbed in Desoto Junction, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The victim went to Manatee Memorial Hospital with injuries after the attack sometime between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim told deputies five women attacked and robber her as she was walking through a parking lot.

The victim's injuries are reportedly minor.

Juvenile, 15, charged in Peggy's Place burglary

MANATEE -- A juvenile has been charged with burglary to a business, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Dawins Calixte, 15, was arrested at his residence Wednesday afternoon, according to the report.

On June 18, employees of Peggy's Place, 4511 U.S. 41 N., Palmetto, discovered the outside bar area had been broken into and a cable box and remote valued at $500 were missing.

The crime reportedly took place at 12:01 a.m. June 17, according to video surveillance. Dawins did not admit to the burglary, but officials say it is clear he is the same person in the video.

Dawins was being held at the Manatee Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Bradenton man hugs his way into Manatee jail

BRADENTON -- A Bradenton man was charged with battery on an officer after he tried to hug a deputy, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Ricky Cheney, 35, was arrested at 1:58 a.m. Tuesday. According to a report, a deputy was investigating a disturbance involving Cheney at an apartment on 14th Street West, Bradenton.

After it was determined no crime had been committed, he asked Cheney to leave.

While the deputy was driving Cheney home, he said Cheney tried to hug him.

"I stuck out my left arm and held the offender off, and told him 'Stop trying to hug me,'" the deputy reported.

Cheney reportedly tried hugging the deputy two more times before the deputy broke free. Cheney was arrested without incident.

Cheney was booked in jail and was being held without bond.

Sarasota woman crushed between car, power pole

SARASOTA -- A woman died in Sarasota when she was crushed between a power pole and the driver's side door of her vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Alys Arnall, 62, was reportedly stopped facing west on Yale Street near North Elm Street in Englewood at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Not realizing the car was in reverse, she tried to exit the vehicle.

The car backed eastbound with Arnall halfway out of the driver's side door, according to troopers.

She was unable to pull herself back into the car before she was struck by the power pole.

The car continued in reverse with Arnall stuck between the power pole and the driver's side door.

Sarasota detectives seek sunglasses theft suspects

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota Police Department is looking for two men in connection with thefts of sunglasses worth $400 from Eye Specialists at 1428 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

The first man is described as 40 to 50 years old and was last seen wearing a white-collared button-up shirt, jeans, dark shoes and ball cap.

The second man is described as 35 to 45 years old, bald and last seen wearing a yellow polo shirt with dark stripes, jeans and dark shoes.

Anyone with information can call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at

Sarasota barber charged with trafficking heroin

SARASOTA -- A 25-year-old man was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin on Tuesday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Undercover officers made several drug buys of five grams each for $550 from Darryl Ortiz-Caberera, a Sarasota barber born in the Dominican Republic, according to a release. He was charged with four counts of trafficking in heroin.

When deputies searched his apartment they reportedly found more than a half-kilo of heroin and he was charged with a fifth count of trafficking.

The sheriff's office is working in conjunction with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the case.

Ortiz-Caberera is being held in the Sarasota County jail without bond.

-- Herald staff reports

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