One day before a homeless man allegedly assaulted a Main Street merchant, Sarasota Police responded to another vagrancy-related crime downtown.
An officer responded to reports of a man exposing himself at the intersection of Main Street and Osprey Avenue and found David Hall, a 41-year-old homeless man, facing a Michael Saunders & Co. office. Hall then lifted up his shirt and exposed himself to the officer, according to a probable cause affidavit.
It took two SPD officers to take Hall into custody after a short scuffle.
Authorities charged Hall with a misdemeanor for exposing himself and a felony obstruction with violence, and he is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail on a $2,000 bond. Hall has been charged with theft, trespassing and criminal mischief within the last year, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office records.
The incident fits into the context of recent complaints from downtown merchants about homeless-related crime. Several business owners spoke at the City Commission meeting Monday, to continue protests about the issues.
Currently 3 Responses
- Bums don't care about the police because they are not respectful of the law ~ that's why they are BUMS
- AND ~ GET THE BUMS OUTTA HERE!
- What are needed in downtown Sarasota are police officers on foot walking the streets putting pressure on this kind of behavior.
20 Sarasota/Manatee Heart Walk
20 SPARCC Pirate & Princess Ball
24 "Smart, Sassy, Strong & Classy!" Women's Gala & Speed Networking Event
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
24 Sunsets at Selby
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Can you dig it?
Third- and fourth-grade students of Temple Beth Sholom had a chance to brush up on their paleontology skills last week while digging for faux dinosaur bones.
Sound of scholars
Local students Caleb Upton and Matthew Vaadi received some help for their upcoming studies to the tune of $1,000 each from the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys. The scholarships were made possible through the Sheridan E. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. Both students plan to use the funds toward a career in music.
High Five Moments of the Week
The top five sports moments of the week.