NEWS RELEASE #: 16-237 - DECEMBER 29, 2016
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested an elderly Sarasota man after he attacked a salesman during a dispute in the parking lot of a local shopping mall.
Deputies were called to Westfield Sarasota Square just after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, for reports of a disturbance. According to the victim who is an event salesman for Nissan, he was working in the mall's parking lot when he was approached by 83-year-old Linsey Owens. Owens presented a promotional mailer to event staff and after learning he would have to buy a car in order to receive his prize, he became angry and argumentative. When Owens was asked to leave, he got into his vehicle and swerved, striking the victim with his mirror. Owens then stopped his car, retrieved a golf club from his trunk and began hitting the victim on the face and arms. The victim captured the incident on video and provided it to responding deputies who later made contact with Owens at his home and took him into custody without incident.
Owens, DOB 05/04/33, of 444 Swift Road, is charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery. He remains in custody without bond.