Friday, February 08, 2019

5 Teen Thugs Attack Off Duty Sarasota Cop in Downtown Payne Park Across the Street From Sarasota Police Headquarters.

5 Teen Thugs Attack Off Duty Sarasota Cop in Downtown Payne Park Across the Street From Sarasota Police Headquarters. UPDATE: Sarasota Police Dept. made an arrest in the assault on our off-duty Officer. A 16-year-old white male was arrested & charged with felony Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer overnight, he is described as 5' 7" tall and 130 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. The investigation remains active & ongoing. Detectives are still searching for additional people involved.‬ According to Sarasota Police, the off-duty officer was jogging around the Payne Park track shortly before noon when he saw five high school-aged boys approach a homeless man and harass him.
One of the teenagers pushed the homeless man in the chest, knocking him backward.The officer, whose identity has not been released, approached the teenagers and told them to stop. The teenagers then turned toward the officer and several cursed at him. One of the teenagers said, “Yeah, shut your mouth you fat police officer cop,” at which point the officer said, “That’s right, that’s exactly what I am.”Then the five teenagers circled the officer, assumed fighting stances and continued to verbally challenge him. One of the youths then attacked the officer from behind, punching him in the back of his head. The officer turned to face his attacker and was attacked from behind by a second youth, who also punched him in the back of his head.
The officer stayed on his feet and continued to circle in an attempt to keep the youths in front of him and defend himself. He was repeatedly attacked from behind by each of the youths and struck several times in the head and face. The attack lasted about one to two minutes. The officer said, “I know who everyone of you are,” which prompted the attackers to flee the park. The officer then walked to police headquarters to report the attack. The officer had minor injuries, but is not expected to take medical leave, according to police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge. The homeless man is also doing well, according to Lt. Bruce King.


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