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Three arrested in Friday morning armed robbery in downtown Sarasota

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  • | 9:45 a.m. December 1, 2023
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Although three arrests have been made, the Sarasota Police Department continues to investigate an armed robbery that occurred early Friday morning near the 1500 block of Main Street.

A 19-year-old Sarasota man told officers that shortly after midnight he was punched in the face by a man armed with a gun. The victim said the man demanded money, stole his phone and fled the scene.

Officers located and arrested the following suspects:

  • Bryan Lopez, 27, Sarasota, charged with armed robbery with a firearm.
  • Alexis Saavedra, 23, Sarasota, charged with armed robbery with a firearm.
  • Ayleen De La Cruz, 23, Sarasota, charged with three counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call SPD’s Criminal Investigations Division at 941-263-6070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at


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