Homicide Suspect Arrested

NEWS RELEASE #: 16-147

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a Sarasota man with a lengthy criminal history in connection with the murder of Darryl Davis on July 13.

Deputies responded to 2925 Hillview Street in Sarasota, at approximately 4:39 a.m., for reports of a shooting. When they arrived, deputies initiated life-saving measures on Davis, who was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and later pronounced dead. As the homicide investigation began, the suspect's description was immediately released to the media.

On July 21, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Tannis Phillips Jr., DOB 01/05/87, of 2441 N. Lemon Avenue. Friday afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m., Phillips was taken into custody with the assistance of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, at the intersection of University Parkway and Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota. He is charged with 2nd Degree Murder and is being held at the Manatee County Jail without bond.

Phillips is a Prolific Offender with a history of Robbery with a Firearm, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Grand Theft, and several drug charges.

*Mug shot current as of 5/16/16.
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