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Dad trades daughter to her mother for a cell phone

An upset dad who wants more time with his daughter, and possessions return by her mother, holds the girl hostage until police arrive. This and other Sarasota police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Thursday, Dec. 8

Positive ID

4:46 p.m., 1100 block of North Washington Boulevard

Assault: A man who was asked for his photo ID by a store clerk while he was buying a cell phone swung his fist at the clerk and missed, prompting a call to dispatch for attempted assault. Because clerk did not wish to press charges, the man was issued a trespassing warning.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Dad trades daughter for a cell phone

9:40 p.m., 1000 block of Signal Point Circle

Dispute: A man who refused to return his child to the legal custody of his mother agreed to ultimately do so in exchange for a cell phone the woman held. 

In investigating the case, police were shown a birth certificate that listed the mother -- and only the mother -- as the child's legal parent. The couple had been together for three years and had been separated for about a year. 

The man told police he was upset because he wanted to spend more time with the child, that his name was not on the birth certificate and he wanted the return of some of the furnishings inside the home. 

The man eventually returned the child to her mother with the promise she would return a cell phone to him and no further action was taken.

Bike bashing

8:39 p.m., 500 block of North Beneva Road

Property damage: Police responded to a call about a bicycle being vandalized in the parking lot of a retail center. The complainant advised that a man had repeatedly picked up his bike, slamming it on the ground multiple times. On a later call a subject matching the description of the bike buster was arrested on a drug charge. He admitted to slamming a bike on the ground, but claimed it was his own. 

The victim, who said he is traveling by bicycle while in a DUI program, had earlier told police when he told the suspect to stop damaging the bike, the man chased him into a nearby store. He estimated the damage to the bike at $300. The suspect was expected to be involved in a lineup for identification the next day.



Andrew Warfield

Andrew Warfield is the Sarasota Observer city reporter. He is a four-decade veteran of print media. A Florida native, he has spent most of his career in the Carolinas as a writer and editor, nearly a decade as co-founder and editor of a community newspaper in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.