NEWS RELEASE 20-141 - NOVEMBER 23, 2020
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 27-year-old woman for Attempted Murder after attacking a couple inside their Venice home.
Deputies initially responded just after midnight on Sunday for multiple reports of a residential burglary on Burke Road. When they arrived, deputies found a broken bedroom window and the victim inside with several lacerations to his body. Investigation revealed Alana Gibson, DOB 08/09/93, who worked with the man’s wife, forced her way into the house and attacked the victim with a machete, while he was sleeping. According to witnesses, Gibson began to strangle the wife when she tried to intervene. When other residents interrupted the attack, Gibson fled from the scene and led deputies on a vehicle pursuit into Charlotte County where she was eventually apprehended. Detectives recovered the machete at the scene along with an axe, compound bow and several arrows all belonging to Gibson. During an interview, Gibson admitted to planning to kill the husband and convince the wife to run away with her. The husband was transported to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.
Gibson, of Maine, is charged with the Attempted Murder, Armed Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Battery, and Fleeing to Elude. She is currently being held at the Sarasota County Correctional Facility without bond.