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Man wielding a two-by-four chases pranksters' getaway car

A cul-de-sac showdown between man and car ends when a homeowner hits a moving vehicle with a piece of lumber. This and other Sarasota Police Department reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. December 6, 2023
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Wednesday, Nov. 22

Showdown on Hibiscus

5:19 a.m., 2200 block of Hibiscus Street

Disturbance: A loud early morning banging on the door of a home ended in the complainant chasing down a getaway car and hitting it with a two-by-four piece of lumber. Officers met with the complainant, who said after the family was awakened by the banging he saw what he believed were two teenage males running to their vehicle, one of them shouting “If you want some, come get some!”

Get some he did, grabbing the piece of lumber from a neighboring yard, getting into his own vehicle and chasing the subjects down the street, which is a dead end. As the subjects' vehicle turned and came back toward him, the complainant stood in the middle of road to block them from leaving. He said that as the vehicle swerved into a yard and moved past him, he feared for his safety and threw the two-by-four, striking the passenger side window.

The complainant said he did wish to press charges and that he suspects the two subjects attend the same high school as his stepdaughter. At the time there was no probable cause of any alleged crime.

Parking rage

2:52 p.m., Fruitville Road at Gillespie Avenue

Dispute: Officers responded to a case of parking rage, meeting with the complainant who said she was trying to back her car into a parking space when a gold sedan approached her vehicle from the rear. She advised that she asked the other driver to back up so she could park.

At that, she said the other driver exited her vehicle and threatened to harm her, and that she punched the driver’s side window before leaving the area. No damage was done to the vehicle and the complainant asked that the incident be documented.

Friday, Nov. 24

Potted plants pilfered

5:30 p.m., 600 block of North Jefferson Avenue

Civil dispute: A resident advised an officer that her potted plants were removed prematurely after receiving a notice from the homeowners association that they needed to be moved in order to pressure wash a fence. She said she had been warned that they would be removed if she failed to do so. The complainant advised the work was to begin on the following Monday and that she removed her plants and pots from the fence area, but perhaps not far enough. She was advised that her complaint was civil in nature and that she would need to contact her HOA board.

Saturday, Nov. 25

Table trouble

3:07 p.m., 100 block of Gulfstream Avenue

Disturbance: While setting up for a festival, organizers notified officers of a subject causing a disturbance. The complainant and event organizer had attempted to inform a male in his late 20s that he could not set up an information booth on the property that was leased to the festival. The unknown white male, who refused to identify himself, stated that he had a First Amendment right to carry signs that read “Keep Abortion Legal.” 

The complainant agreed that he had that right, but not to set up a table in the event area without permission. The unknown subject repeatedly cited a court case from Clearwater that gave him the right to set up his table. The complainant advised the subject that if he kept his table up he would he would be trespassed from the property. Eventually, both parties came to an agreement and the subject removed the table and marched through the area without further incident.

Noisy neighbors

9:24 p.m., 3800 block of Camino Real

Civil dispute:  A complainant told an officer she has been having an ongoing issue with a neighbor. The most recent incident was that the neighbor drove a golf cart through her yard that evening. She said she watched the golf cart come back toward her home and she yelled at the occupants to stop going onto her property. 

When she went inside to call 911, the complainant said she could see her neighbor’s friend on the street staring into her upstairs window, standing in a “puffed-out manner” and that he shouted, “I’m trying to threaten her.”

The complainant showed the officer messages between her and the neighbor about an ongoing noise issue between the two for the past week. She reported that her neighbors allow their children to drink underage and has seen them urinating on her mailbox. 

The officer asked the complainant if she had video evidence of the allegations. She responded she “has cameras everywhere” but they are in real time and she does not have a subscription to record video. 

Attempting to speak with the neighbor, one male who said he was not the home owner came out and told the officer the golf cart was in her yard briefly because there were multiple vehicles in front of their driveway. 

After asking to speak with the occupants of the golf cart another male later identified as one of the homeowners came out of the house and stated that complainant was “crazy” and that she calls police frequently. He said to look up previous incidents and that he was “done with the conversation for the night.” When the officer asked for his name for the report he replied, "For the report, put that she is crazy, and that's it.”

No further action was taken.

Sunday, Nov. 26

Verbose verbal warning

8:48 a.m., 1900 block of 10th Street

Noise complaint: An alarm system frequently blaring a verbal trespassing warning caused a neighboring resident to call law enforcement. The complainant said the alarm system at a business had been going off all day, and that she has called law enforcement about the issue six to seven times and is frustrated nothing has been done by officers.

The alarm system is a verbal warning that orders trespassers to leave the property. The complainant said she believes it is triggered by a motion sensor in the rear of the business. The alarm did go off once when the officer was speaking with her in the backyard. 

Two other officers arrived with a decibel meter, and the verbal alarm sounded once more, which resulted in a reading of 56.1 decibels. The officer then unsuccessfully attempted to contact the business.


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