Attempt to Identify Armed Robbery Suspect

SARASOTA, FL  – April 19, 2018   – 10:15 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect.

On Friday, April 12, 2018 at approximately 5 p.m., the subject entered Subway located at 1154 North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota.  While inside the store, he displayed a firearm and demanded the employee open the register.  The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The employee was not injured.

The suspect is described as a male, between 6’2” and 6’3” tall, 250 pounds, with a short mustache and beard.  He was last seen wearing glasses and a black and purple sweatshirt with the words “Washington DC” on it.

Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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Sarasota Police Reminding Citizens of Phone Scams

SARASOTA, FL  – April 19, 2018   – 9:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department wants to remind citizens about a phone scam happening where a caller claims to be a member of the Sarasota Police Department soliciting for donations.

This type of scam typically uses a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) number making it possible for the caller to call someone within a specified area code through the internet as if it were a local call.  Typically these types of calls originate outside the United States.  These types of calls are difficult for law enforcement to investigate.

The Sarasota Police Department wants to remind citizens that officers or civilians from SPD will never solicit funds over the phone or request personal financial information.  Citizens are reminded to not share any personal or financial information with these types of callers.  Citizens are encouraged to contact the Sarasota Police Department Front Desk at 941-954-7025 if they receive these types of unsolicited calls.  Also, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint

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Sarasota Police Investigating Human Remains Located in the 1900 block of Gillespie Avenue

SARASOTA, FL  – April 17, 2018   – 1:15 p.m.

This afternoon, the District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office, working with a Forensic Odontologist, determined through dental records that human remains located in the 1900 block of Gillespie Avenue, Sarasota, on Monday afternoon are NOT those of Jabez Spann.  Spann has been missing since September 2017.

The human remains that were located were a human skull and a femur bone.  At this time, there is no evidence to support foul play in this case.  There is no early indication of the identity, race, sex or age of the individual.  This information could take several weeks to be determined by a Forensic Anthropologist working with the District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office.

This investigation will be worked as a death investigation moving forward.  No further updates on this case are expected for the remainder of this week.

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SARASOTA, FL  – April 17, 2018   – 10 a.m.

On Monday, April 16, 2018 at approximately 3:30 p.m., human remains were located in the 1900 block of Gillespie Avenue, Sarasota.  Children playing nearby located the remains, alerted an adult and the adult called 911.

New this morning, the Sarasota Police Department is continuing to work with the District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office, providing any additional evidence or documentation to assist with the ME’s processing of the human remains.  Regarding what type of human remains were located, the Sarasota Police Department is not prepared to disclose that information at this time because evidence is still being processed.

The human remains were located in a small body of water and were skeletonized.  Sarasota Police Detectives are unable to put a timetable on how long they were in in the water. 

The Sarasota Police Department contacted Peace River K9 Search and Rescue for their assistance.  They responded with three (3) K9 cadaver teams and were able to assist in a search of the area.

There is no time table currently for the identification of the remains.  The Medical Examiner’s Office will make the determination as to the identity of the individual located.

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SARASOTA, FL  – April 16, 2018   – 8 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department and the District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating human remains that were located in the 1900 block of Gillespie Avenue, Sarasota.

Today, Monday, April 16, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m., children playing near a small body of water in the 1900 block of Gillespie Avenue located what they believed to be human remains.  The children alerted an adult nearby.  The adult called 911.

The Sarasota Police Department Dive Team responded to search the small body of water and collect evidence.  Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Technicians responded to collect and photograph evidence.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the remains found were human remains.  At this time, it’s too early in the investigation for the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the race, sex or age of the individual.  The investigation remains ongoing.

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Sarasota Police to participate in 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

SARASOTA, FL  – April 16, 2018   – 8:15 a.m.

For more than 20 years, the Sarasota Police Department has been taking part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  Members of the Sarasota Police Department will take to the streets of Sarasota again this week!

Officers and civilian runners will job more than 300 Florida law enforcement agencies in the state-wide torch run to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Florida.  More than 5,000 officers carry to torch on a 1,500-mile relay throughout Florida yearly.

The Sarasota Police Department will receive the Torch from members of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot of Paradise Plaza Publix, 3825 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, at approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018.

Members of the Sarasota Police Department will run the torch on a route that includes two legs:  The first leg will take the torch north on Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), past the split with North Washington Boulevard and continue north with a right turn on Adams Lane ending at the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane. 

The second leg will take the torch from Adams Lane, north on East Avenue to Main Street and then travel west on Main Street through downtown Sarasota to the Unconditional Surrender Statue at the Bayfront.

Donations can be sent to Officer Kenton Montegna at the Sarasota Police Department (2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237). Officer Montegna can be contacted at (941)366-8000 ext. 7817 or Kenton.Montegna@sarasotaFL.gov  

All proceeds go towards supporting the Special Olympic athletes. For more information and routes for other counties in Florida, please visit https://specialolympicsflorida.org/get-involved/law-enforcement-torch-run            

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Two Sarasota Police Officers Injured During Proactive Patrol

SARASOTA, FL  – April 10, 2018   – 11:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 1 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Janie’s Garden Apartment Complex, 2350 Central Avenue, Sarasota.  Two patrol officers, in full Sarasota Police uniforms, were on proactive patrol in the area.

The Officers noticed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot occupied by three (3) adult males.  As Officers approached the vehicle to investigate, the vehicle immediately shifted into drive and started to drive away, striking one of the Officers as it fled.  As the vehicle struck the Officer, he discharged his weapon at the vehicle.  The number of shots fired and the location of the shots fired is still under investigation.  The vehicle fled the scene and drove to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 

Two of the three individuals inside the vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the encounter.  Both Officers were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries as a result of the encounter.

The Patrol Officers involved were Officer Brandon Vermillion, age 28, date of hire November 2015 and Officer Jonathan Torres, age 32, date of hire June 2017.  Per Sarasota Police Department policy, Officer Vermillion, who fired his weapon, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

This investigation remains active and ongoing.  The driver of the vehicle, Jeremy Trebbles, Jr, 18 of Sarasota, has been charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon on a Law Enforcement Officer.
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 The driver of the vehicle, Jeremy Trebbles, Jr, 18 of Sarasota, has been charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon on a Law Enforcement Officer

The driver of the vehicle, Jeremy Trebbles, Jr, 18 of Sarasota, has been charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon on a Law Enforcement Officer

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Sarasota Police Investigating Early Morning Double Shooting

SARASOTA, FL  – April 6, 2018   – 12:15 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are continuing their investigation into a double shooting that occurred in the 1400 block of 21st Street at approximately 1:30 a.m. today, Friday, April 6, 2018.

Officers responded to a shooting inside a home at 1438 21st Street, Sarsaota, in reference to two individuals shot at close range.  Upon Officers’ arrival, both victims were on scene and were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital by rescue personnel.  Both victims are adult females and remain at Sarasota Memorial with serious injuries.  The relationship between the victims and the suspect remains unknown at this time.

Detectives have determined Linval Cohoone, age 33, date of birth 9/2/1983, with a last known address in Sarasota, is the suspect in this case.  Cohoone is considered armed and dangerous and is wanted for two (2) counts of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Cohoone has 45 previous felony charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, aggravated feeling to elude, burglary of an occupied structure and possession of cocaine. 

Numerous media outlets requested the number of calls for service to the home where the shooting occurred:

·         2016:  3 calls for service (assist other agency 2x, suspicious incident)

·         2017: 6 calls for service (disturbance 2x, family disturbance 2x, suspicious incident, civil disturbance)

·         Year to date 2018: 9 calls for service (suspicious incident 5x, disturbance 3x, family disturbance)

Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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