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Bouncer bounces man with a service dog

A man with a service dog was denied entry into a bar and was shoved by a bouncer because he blocked the doorway. This and other tales from the Sarasota Police Department in this week's Cops Corner.

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Sunday, Dec. 11

Assault with a deadly finger

3:07 a.m., 3200 block of Goodrich Avenue

Dispute: A woman who said she felt threatened by her boyfriend by pointing his finger at her requested law enforcement ask him to leave the residence. The complainant told police the two had been “fussing” and that the boyfriend, who also resides in the home, had been using drugs. 

The officer contacted the man who was lying down in a bedroom of the residence. He stated that only a verbal dispute occurred and that he was asleep when the woman entered the room and started an argument. He advised that his girlfriend often starts verbal altercations and that SPD has responded to the residence in the past. The man was calm and did not appear to be under the influence of any narcotics.

The officer advised the woman that her boyfriend had established residency and would need to seek court action to have him removed from the property. He further advised her to sleep in another room and try to avoid the him for the rest of the evening “which she agreed would be a good idea.”

Service dog? No service

2:40 a.m., 1500 block of Fourth Street

Dispute: A man was denied entry into a downtown bar by a bouncer because he was accompanied by his service dog. An officer met with the bouncer prior to meeting with the complainant because, when he responded to the dispatch, the complainant was no longer at the scene. The bouncer told the officer he would not allow the dog into the bar and the complainant just stood in the doorway saying he would not leave. The bouncer confirmed the man’s complaint that he shoved him away from the doorway. The officer advised the complainant that the incident would be documented and no further action was taken.  

Tuesday, Dec. 13

A rude awakening

11:04 p.m., 1900 block of 29th Street

Dispute: A man told police responding to a dispute call that his ex-girlfriend was “going crazy” and woke him up “for no reason at all” and began to yell at him. The two had been in a relationship “off and on” for more than three years. The man said the woman  receives mail at the address and she stays there intermittently. He added their argument was verbal  and he wants her to leave.

The woman was uncooperative with police, continued to speak loudly for no apparent reason and reused to provide a statement. Both parties separated and no further action was taken.

Wednesday. Dec. 14

Open door policy

6:35 a.m., 1300 block of Main Street

Suspicious incident: A restaurant with a patio door ajar captured the attention of a person who called to dispatch police to investigate. As the building was searched, an officer contacted the owner, who was out of town, He informed the officer that he was having issues with the patio door latches and was preparing to have them repaired. In the interim, the night manager responded to the scene and confirmed no items were missing. No further action was taken.



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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