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Wandering spouse wants to be left alone

A man who doesn't want to go home tells police he wants his husband to quit following him downtown. This and other Sarasota Police Department reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. March 27, 2024
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Thursday, March 14

He wants his space

11:06 p.m., intersection of Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard

Family dispute: A man complained to an officer that his husband was following him and trying to force him to come home when he did not wish to do so. The concerned spouse said he was trying to make his betrothed go home because he was concerned for his welfare, adding that he had a habit of running off when they went out together and refusing to come home, opting instead to sleep on the streets.

According to the police report, there is an open case involving domestic battery between the two; however there is no court order in place prohibiting contact. The habitual wanderer said he just wanted his concerned husband to leave him alone.

The officer explained that, as an adult, the complainant possessed the latitude to make his own decisions about his well-being. The subject responded that if the complainant did not come home with him that "it may not be an option later.” When the officer asked him to explain that comment, he advised he would lock out the complainant when he returned later on his own.

Finally, the officer stood watch as the two parties left on foot in opposite directions.

Friday, March 15

Random acts of crime

4:55 a.m., 800 block of Central Avenue

Criminal mischief: A woman told police her car was damaged by a man she had recently met, but did not know much about him. She said she was conversing with the man and others when two unknown men approached the suspect and began talking to him. During the conversation he became aggressive and, while she was going through items in her trunk, an action that was not explained in the report, he brandished a knife and slashed one of her tires, also for reasons unknown.

The victim was able to provide police with a description of the suspect. One of the two men who had approached the suspect identified him as committing an earlier crime. Officers canvassed the area but did not find the man.

Sunday, March 17

Fight plan

4:54 p.m., 2200 block of Benjamin Franklin Drive

Fight: In what was determined to be a “mutual combatant physical altercation” that started on South Lido Key Beach resulted in no arrests because the two women involved agreed to move their dispute off the beach and into the parking area because of the law enforcement presence on the beach. 

However, while a fight between two other individuals was being controlled on the beach by one officer, another witnessed the second scuffle break out in the parking lot before physically separating two women, guiding one to the ground and handcuffing her. 

The officer then escorted the combatant to the back of a patrol vehicle, where she said she was with friends on the beach when the dispute erupted between her and the second subject, who fled on foot after the officer intervened. The captured woman said she was suffering a burning sensation in her eyes, which she believed to be caused by pepper spray. 

She was then transported to the police station where she was released into the custody of her mother. 

Monday, March 18

Parking dispute resolved

5:53 p.m., 2700 block of Palmadelia Avenue

Disturbance: An apartment complex parking dispute resulted in law enforcement responding to a verbal disturbance between two women. An officer met with woman No. 1 who advised that woman No. 2 parked in her assigned spot and, in response, she parked directly behind her vehicle, blocking her in.

Woman No. 2 responded that this has been an ongoing issue and that they normally park in each other’s spots, but on this occasion woman No. 1 became confrontational. A maintenance worker for the apartment building arrived on scene and told both subjects that he would relabel the parking spots to accommodate both tenants. Satisfied with this solution, both women then moved their vehicles.

Tuesday, March 19

Unauthorized nude photos distributed

10:54 p.m., 2700 block of Palmadelia Avenue

Disturbance: Unrelated but in the same apartment building as the prior report, an officer responded to a call regarding a minor sending nude pictures to the complainant’s ex-boyfriend. Details of whom the lewd photographs were and why they were sent  to the male are unknown due to the nearly 100% redaction of the police report.


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