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Police escort pot-smoking loiterer from St. Armands restaurant

A man who identified himself as "Ziggy Marley" refused to leave an eatery on St. Armands Circle. This and other Sarasota Police Department reports in this week's Cops Corner.


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  • | 5:00 a.m. October 18, 2023
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Tuesday, Oct. 3

Gettin’ Ziggy widdit

4:04 p.m., 400 block of St. Armands Circle

Suspicious person: An officer responded to a complaint about a man who was not dining at a restaurant but refused to leave it. The subject, who had been smoking marijuana, advised that his name was Ziggy Marley and that he is Jamaican before gathering his belongings and leaving. The officer reported he had no legal justification to detain him or to ascertain his real identity. 


Wednesday, Oct. 4

'Joe' and his Jag

4:20 p.m., 4000 block of North Tamiami Trail

Civil dispute: A complainant who had hired previously hired a man he only knew as “Joe” to work at several of his properties and also hired him to work on his Jaguar stated the subject was in possession of his vehicle for several months and it had not been repaired. He told the officer he would pay the man for any work he had done so far and simply wanted his keys back.

The complainant said he spoke to the man who said he was working in Tampa but would return the keys to his mailbox when he got back to town later that evening. The officer informed the complainant that the case was civil in nature, but if the keys were not returned was advised to contact law enforcement to update the complaint.


Friday, Oct. 6

Litter box custody battle

4:24 p.m., 1700 block of Laurel Street

Domestic disturbance: A couple of four months was engaged in an argument over the woman’s drinking. She advised officers it had been an ongoing issue, and the argument was over her boyfriend preventing her from taking a cat litter box from the residence. She said she only wanted the litter box and said she would return for it later. 

The man told officers that he had been trying to end the relationship and he told the woman to leave the litter box because it was needed for three cats that live there. He added that he called law enforcement before the dispute got out of hand. The woman left the residence with her mother, but without the litter box.


Too many drinks by the pool

4:44 p.m., 1600 block of Boulevard of the Arts

Disturbance: Police responded to a call about a disturbance by two subjects at a hotel pool. An officer spoke with the general manager, who advised two guests were highly intoxicated and were causing a disturbance with other guests. He said one of them was making inappropriate comments to a woman by the pool, which resulted in a verbal altercation.

The manager said he wanted both subjects removed from the premises. The officer went to the subjects’ room to inform them of their eviction, during which time they became non-compliant and began cursing at the officer, who advised them if they did not leave they would be placed under arrest. They both received trespassing warnings and were escorted from the premises. The manager was told to call law enforcement if they returned.


Saturday, Oct. 7

Drive-by shooting off at the mouth

7:11 p.m., 1800 block of Cocoanut Avenue

Suspicious incident: After a silver car with three subjects inside approached and verbally assaulted a woman in front of her residence, she recalled one of the vehicle’s occupants was involved in a hit-and-run with her previously, an incident in which she was the victim.

The complainant said one passenger began yelling, “What, you don’t remember me?” He then yelled “I’ll snatch yo’ (colorful metaphor for posterior) out of this yard!” She was able to provide a description of the vehicle and the license plate, which is shown to belong to an older couple and a young female in Bradenton. Officers provided the complainant with a case number and was advised to call if the assailants return.