Detectives are trying to identify four suspects who assaulted and beat a gas station clerk after he refused to sell them a cigar, according to Sarasota police.
About 9 p.m. Nov. 12, officers responded to the Exxon/Mobil Station at 2525 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The clerk told officers that four males tried to buy a cigar, but they were unable to provide any identification so the clerk denied the purchase. The suspects argued with the clerk and left the store, according to a news release.
"The suspects returned a short time later and confronted the clerk while he was taking garbage to the Dumpster outside the store. A verbal dispute occurred between the suspects and the clerk. One of the suspects ... then punched the clerk in the face multiple times.," the release states. "The clerk attempted to protect himself and wrestled the unknown subject to the ground."
The other three suspects then joined in beating and kicking the clerk, police said.
Detectives have attempted to identify the four suspects through investigation but have been unsuccessful and are now asking for the public’s help by releasing security camera footage from the store.
Anyone with information on this case can call Detective Anthony DeFrancisco at 941-954-7049 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com