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Police: Teen jumped by two others at Siesta Key Beach

Sarasota, Florida -- 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.

Witnesses told deputies 18-year-old Devin Roman 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. 

According to reports, Roman and the 15-year-old punched Prater several times until he blacked out. Witnesses also said the 15-year-old ordered them not to help Prater.

Dozens arrested in Sarasota crime sweep

Sarasota, Florida -- Dozens of suspects were arrested in a crime sweep, the Sarasota Sheriff's Office says.

Final suspect in home invasion robbery caught

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has captured the final suspect in a violent home invasion robbery that occurred November 1, 2011 in Sarasota.

In the attack, the male victim was hit in the head and choked until he was nearly unconscious. Another suspect pulled the female victim to the floor by her hair and held a gun to her head. The three men ransacked the home and fled with the gun.

Detectives: Men dealt nearly $1M in marijuana a year

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota Police held a press conference Monday to announce what they called a significant drug bust, which led to the arrest of two mid-level local suppliers.

Sarasota Sheriff's Narcotics detectives began Operation Hammerhead in 2012 after they received an anonymous complaint of drug sales in area nightclubs by Anthony Snead.

Teen attacked at beach pavilion, 3 young men sought

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding the young men involved in the attack of a teen at Siesta Key Beach early Monday morning.

Investigators say the attack occurred in the pavilion/picnic area around 12:45 a.m.

The teenage boy suffered serious injuries and was Bayflighted to Blake Regional Medical Center. His condition at this time is not known.

The three suspects wanted in the attack are described below:

Surveillance video shows man beating dog to death

Sarasota, Florida -- Investigators say a Sarasota man broke into two businesses over the weekend and beat a dog to death... and it was all caught on surveillance video.

The Sarasota Sheriff's Office got a call Monday morning from the owner of John's Automotive on Snug Harbor Place, reporting that his 4-year-old Mastiff, named Ashton, was missing from the property.

When the owner reviewed surveillance video, he was horrified to see a man beating the dog to death with a tire iron.

Police investigating shooting that left two injured

Police investigating shooting that left two injured

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota Police detectives are investigating a shooting that left two men in the hospital. 

Around 11:00 p.m. on April 22, in the 1900 block of 32nd Street, patrol officers heard gunshots. The officers found two men who had been shot. 

Other officers searched the area on foot, in vehicles and using K-9 officers but no suspect was located. 

The victims Quazone Taylor and Marquis Morgan were both taken to the hospital.