SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - On May 12, officers with the Sarasota Police Department responded to a call regarding a robbery.
The incident was reported in the 2000 block of Mabel Long Way. The victim told the officers he was walking in the area of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Dixie Avenue when a man called him over.
The victim and the suspect allegedly knew each other. The man asked the victim, "where's my stuff at?"
The suspect then led the victim to a shed area in the 2500 block of Dixie Avenue. Once inside, the victim repeatedly asked him for his things and told the victim he "was not going anywhere until his stuff comes up or his homebody comes here. Otherwise, you are going to die."
During the encounter, the victim told officers that the suspect placed knives and a dog chain on a table in the shed. A short time later, two other individuals entered the shed.
The suspect then secured the victim's hands behind his back with the chain and wrapped the chain around his neck to a point where he could not breathe. During the events, the suspect was swinging the chain and striking the victim with it.
Out of fear, the victim lied to the suspect about “where his stuff” was. The suspect then left while another individual kept an eye on the victim. The victim was able to free himself and run for the door.
In the process, the individual watching him struck him with a machete but did not cause any injury. The victim escaped, ran northbound on Dixie Avenue, ran to a home nearby and called 911.
When officers responded to the scene, the suspect was still at the location, was arrested and booked into the Sarasota County Jail.
Lamar Morris, 29, has been charged with false imprisonment and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
He has since bonded out. Additional charges are pending for the individuals who assisted him.