The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two Sarasota teenagers for beating a third teen at Siesta Key beach just after midnight on May 6, 2013.
Witnesses say Devin Roman, DOB 10/7/94, 6051 McKown Road, Sarasota, and a 15-year-old boy, attacked 17-year-old Chance Prater after he tried to intervene when the two threatened to beat up his friend. Roman and his co-defendant punched Prater several times and ultimately rendered him unconscious. Witnesses also reported that the 15-year-old suspect ordered them not to assist the victim.
During the investigation detectives learned that Roman and his co-defendant were at Walgreen’s about an hour after the crime and were overheard discussing the attack. The 15-year old had blood on his hands and the two paid with a blood-stained $5 bill.
Roman and his codefendant are charged with one count each of misdemeanor Battery. It is the first arrest for both teens. Detectives would still like to speak with anyone who has additional information about this case. Contact Det. McGath, 941.861.4928.