Wednesday, Dec. 13
5 p.m., Lockwood Ridge Road near Bay Street
Disturbance: Sarasota police responded to a call about students who refused to cease a dispute on a Sarasota Military Academy bus, which began before the bus left the campus off Fruitville Road in the eastern end of the county. By the time an officer arrived, all students had been removed from the bus.
The officer spoke with the driver who reported that before leaving the campus several students were yelling and arguing with each other. Once the students calmed down with the assistance of a teacher, the bus left the campus and the students again began yelling at each other, refusing to take their seats. The driver stopped the bus and called his supervisor to the location where she managed to calm the students down and the bus continued on its route toward the city.
The calm was short-lived. As the dispute resumed, the driver said he yelled at the students to stop, but to no avail. That’s when an unidentified third party called law enforcement as the bus entered the city limits. The bus was stopped and the students removed, several of them calling parents to pick them up. At that point, a county schools transportation supervisor arrived and informed the officer that there had been a history with several of the students involved.
She advised she would complete the route to deliver the students who were not picked up by their parents.
Friday, Dec. 15
11:16 a.m., 2000 block of Main Street
Civil disturbance: An agitated visitor to the offices of a law firm prompted a female employee to call law enforcement. The complainant said a male subject came into the lobby and was verbally disruptive regarding a civil suit in which he was named. She said the subject had gotten very close to her face and screamed at her while demanding she sign documents he presented.
After refusing to sign and going to retrieve a file regarding the case, the man began yelling at other female employees until a male employee told him to leave the premises. The complainant said the subject made no direct threats, but did briefly touch her arm and said, “Merry Christmas,” but not in a threatening manner.
The man had vacated prior to the officer’s arrival, and the employees said they did not have his contact information on file. The officer informed the complainant that if the subject returns to call law enforcement, at which time a trespassing warning would be issued. The officer provided a work phone number to contact directly.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Summer sausage stealer
8:18 a.m., 2600 block of Colorado Street
Burglary: A porch pirate with a hankering for a beef summer sausage, a variety of cheeses and perhaps a sweet and salty nut sampler snagged a gift basket from the front porch of a home. The complainant said he was not home when the traditional holiday gift pack was taken at approximately 1:20 p.m. the day before, and was later that afternoon alerted to the stolen savory snack sampler.
The value of the gift set, the complainant said, was approximately $100.
Video surveillance captured a white male with a mohawk, flannel long sleeve shirt, dark pants and dark backpack riding a bicycle reaching onto the porch and grabbing the package. No arrest had been made at the time of the report.
Sunday, Dec. 17
Gun brandished in bar brawl
6:18 p.m., 4600 block of North Tamiami Trail
Fight: All parties had left the area of a motel and nearby bar before officers responded to a call about a fight. The motel manager reported two groups of males and females had been inside the bar, where a verbal dispute erupted between them followed by a physical altercation. During that altercation, the complainant said one male began to pull a handgun from his waistband. She yelled at the man to put the gun away, to which he complied.
The dispute then spilled out into the parking lot, where the complainant said the gun brandisher entered a vehicle, drove through the parking lot erratically and struck another vehicle, then pulled way northbound on U.S. 41. She did say the man did not point the gun at anyone.
At the time of the report, there was no further information to describe the subjects involved. The manager stated the motel does have security cameras, but that she didn't have access to the video at that time. She was provided with an email address to send any available video footage.
Monday, Dec. 18
3:40 p.m., 0 block of Central Avenue
Lewd and lascivious act: A man exposing himself and making threats to workers was arrested outside of a downtown office building. The complainant advised officers that the man became angry when he was told to vacate the front entrance of the property, responding by pressing himself in all his glory against the glass front door while yelling rather unsavory remarks to the complainant relative to his nakedness.
When the officer arrived, he observed the man sitting on a wall with is personal belongings and a 23-ounce can of grape-flavored Four Loko next to him. Although the highly fortified adult beverage was banned in its original formulation, it is made today minus the caffeine.
The complainant advised the man paced outside the door, kicking it several times before committing the lewd act, upon which she called police to have him arrested for indecent exposure. Several other witnesses confirmed the suspect’s activities. After handcuffing the man, the officer found drug paraphernalia and synthetic marijuana in his possession. While being transported, the suspect kicked a window several times, attempting to break it.
Even after arrested, the man’s depravity continued. While in a holding cell, he stood on a bench, removed his pants and began performing an acrobatic act on himself in clear view of other officers and civilians in the intake room. The behavior ended when a cover was placed over the window. He was booked into Sarasota County Jail on charges of indecent exposure, possession of drug paraphernalia, curbside drinking and resisting an officer with violence.