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Apartment complex pool fight leaves behind only clothing as evidence

Police found a pair of swim shorts and flip-flops as they investigated an altercation at a swimming pool. This and other Sarasota Police Department reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Saturday, April 15

Caller causing trouble

1:58 a.m., 700 block of South Osprey Avenue

Disturbance: An officer dispatched to a residence about a possible battery determined the case to be a domestic dispute with no crime committed. An anonymous caller reported the incident, advising the man had been battered by his girlfriend at the location. The man stated he did have an argument with the girlfriend while on the phone with his ex-wife, but that the altercation was not physical in nature. 

The officer observed the man had no evidence of injury, and when asked to speak in private maintained consistency in his claim no battery had occurred, adding his ex-wife calls frequently to cause problems. The officer reported he has been at the location multiple times after someone called to report something that had not happened. The officer said he would document the incident and no further action was taken.

No shoes, no trunks, no suspects

9:21 pm., 3200 block of Huntington Place Drive

Fight: A reported fight at an apartment complex pool had been cleared by the time an officer arrived. A canvass of the area yielded only a pair of swim trunks and flip-flops left behind from the altercation. The property manager advised the fight was between four males.

The manager located camera footage of the incident, which shows two male subjects engaging in a physical altercation and then leaving the property, at least one of them apparently trunkless and perhaps barefoot. No property had been damaged in the incident and none of the subjects were found.

Sunday, April 16

He can’t let her go

1:44 p.m., 2000 block of Adams Lane

Harassment: A woman arrived at SPD headquarters to report harassment of her daughter by her ex-boyfriend. The boyfriend had become very controlling, at which time her daughter ended the relationship, but ever since he has been texting her and calling her vulgar names. The girl has blocked his number and has not responded to any of the messages, but he continued texting her from random phones and threatened to have his friends fight her at school.

The officer advised the mother to contact the school resource officer and report the threat, and also provided information on how to obtain an injunction against the boy. The mother said she would follow up with police if there were any further issues.

Wednesday, April 19

Phantom fuel

9:04 p.m., 1500 block of 28th Street

Dispute: A woman said an argument with her ex-boyfriend over letting her 12-year-old son leave the house unaccompanied led to a threat by the man to burn her house down. When she left the home to look for her son, she said the man picked up an empty gas can and pretended to be pouring gas on the house. He then fled the scene on foot after the woman said she would call police.

The woman said this was not the first time the man has tried to “light her house on fire.” They are not in a dating relationship and do not share any children. The woman gave officers permission to clear the house and they did not find the man inside. There was no evidence of gas poured on the house and the gas can was empty. The woman was advised to call law enforcement if the man returns.



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.

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