NEWS RELEASE 17-171
Deputies were first alerted to a residential burglary in progress just after 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, at a home in the 5700 block of Whistlewood Circle in Sarasota. According to the 12-year-old victim, he was playing video games when heard loud noises and opened his bedroom to find the suspect rummaging through a hallway closet. The victim called his mother who contacted law enforcement. As responding deputies established a perimeter, a possible suspect matching the description was seen riding a bicycle along Indianwood Drive, a block away from the victim’s home. Due to several prior interactions with law enforcement, deputies recognized the suspect as Jonathan Hall, DOB 07/02/00. As deputies attempted to speak with Hall, he fled on his bicycle and later took off on foot where deputies lost sight of him.
As K-9 units from the Sarasota Police Department assisted by following the suspect’s track back to a home on Countrywood Drive, deputies made contact with several juveniles including Hall, who was wearing different clothing than what was reported. A search warrant was executed on Hall’s backpack where deputies recovered the hoodie he wore during the burglary as well as an automatic pistol and two loaded magazines stolen from the victim’s home.
Hall was arrested and charged with Armed Burglary, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Resisting Arrest and Violation of Probation. He has prior arrests in Sarasota County for crimes including Armed Burglary, Theft of a Firearm, and Carrying an Unlicensed Firearm.
Hall was just released from prison on July 11, after being sentenced to one year behind bars for Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Weapon or Ammo by a Delinquent. On the day of his transfer back to the Sarasota County Jail, Hall was identified as the primary aggressor in a dispute with another inmate and subsequently charged with Battery by a Person Detained in a Jail Facility. Today Hall remains in custody at the Sarasota County Jail without bond.