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Man wanted on sexual battery charges

Sarasota, Florida -- Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public's help locating 24-year-old Kyle Riley, of Sarasota. 

Riley is wanted for capital sexual battery charges that detectives say occurred over the last several years and the female victim is now 14 years old.

Cops: Customers skipping out on bill attack restaurant manager

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the circumstances leading up to the discovery of a restaurant manager with severe head trauma Sunday night.

Deputies were called to New Dynasty Chinese Buffet, in the 6100 block of South Tamiami Trail around 9:38 p.m., after customers found 51-year-old Tain "Andrew" Tian lying unconscious in the driveway of a nearby business.

One of Sarasota's Most Wanted arrested, 2 still at large

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says one of its Most Wanted fugitives was captured after being on the run, and in violation of his State probation, for the past 13 months.

The department's Fugitive Apprehension Unit, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, arrested 55-year-old Roy Pandeloglou at a home in the 3400 block of Park Ridge Circle Monday.

Police investigate shooting in Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Police Department continues its investigation into a shooting at 23rd Street and Maple Avenue Thursday night.

Officers say around 10 p.m., two people were shot and have non-life threatening injuries. 

Officers are looking for the suspect, or suspects, who fled in a white Chevy Malibu or Impala, or a white Kia Optima, with dark, tinted windows and a paper tag.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sarasota Police Department Bureau of Criminal Investigations at 941-954-7070.

Loaded weapon, drugs found during Sarasota traffic stop

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota Sheriff's deputies have arrested three men after a traffic stop on North Washington Boulevard led to the discovery of a loaded weapon and drugs.

Deputies say they were in the process of pulling over a silver pickup truck that ran a stop sign as it left the parking lot of Kay's Lounge following a minor disturbance when they say two men in the bed of the truck take items out of their pockets and put them under a tool box behind them.

Tax preparer pleads guilty to preparing tax returns for illegal aliens

Sarasota, Florida -- A Sarasota man pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of fraudulent tax returns Wednesday.

The State Attorney's Office says in the plea agreement Fernando Torres admitted to operating a tax preparation business in Sarasota that catered mostly to illegal immigrants in and around Sarasota County.

Man steals bike from boy at skate park

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Police Department has charged a 49-year-old man with robbery after two kids told police he stole a bike from them.

The kids were at the Payne Park Skate Park around 11 p.m. on July 4 when they told police the man, later identified as Luther Douglas, came up to them and threatened one of them while he was sitting on a bike.