NEWS RELEASE 19-045 - MARCH 21, 2019
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a battery that occurred early Tuesday morning in Sarasota.
Deputies were called to the Arium on Palmer Ranch apartments just before 7:00 a.m., when a 39-year-old woman reported she was attacked while leaving the community’s fitness center. As the victim left the building, a man approached her from behind, grabbed onto her, and pulled her back toward the facility. The victim resisted and both she and the suspect fell to the ground before the suspect ran away.
The victim sustained minor injuries and described the suspect as wearing a blue colored hoodie. His race is unknown, however he may have sustained injuries during the attack to both his face and hands. Detectives obtained poor-quality surveillance video which depicts a person possibly looking through a window while the victim was exercising. No other similar incidents have been reported in the area.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Section at 941.861.4317 or Crime Stoppers of Sarasota by dialing 941.366.TIPS, submitting a tip online at www.SarasotaCrimeStoppers.com, or through the Sarasota Crime Stoppers P3 Tips mobile app. Citizens can also connect with the sheriff’s office through the agency’s social media platforms.