Police: Man fights security guard after stealing deodorant cans from store

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SARASOTA, FL. - Sarasota Police have arrested a man for stealing cans of deodorant and attacking a store security guard.

It happened Wednesday around 7:15 pm at the Publix located at 1044 N. Tamiami Trail.

According to the Sarasota Police Department, employees of Publix witnessed the suspect, Christopher Seiler, place 10 cans of Axe Deodorant in his pants and attempt to leave the store without paying for them.

The security guard for Publix confronted Seiler, who ran out of the store and tried to get on a black bicycle to get away. The chain on the bicycle broke and Seiler fell to the ground, losing most of the cans of deodorant in his pants.

The security guard grabbed Seiler and Seiler pushed the guard to the ground causing the guard to hit his head on the concrete. Seiler continued to fight the guard on the ground, but two citizens assisted the guard by pulling Seiler away. Seiler then fled to an apartment with the security guard in pursuit.

When an officer arrived, Seiler came out of the apartment. He was taken into custody and positively identified by employees of Publix. Seiler admitted to officers that he took the deodorant.

Seiler was arrested and charged with Resisting a Merchant, Battery, and Petit Theft.

The security guard was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and has since been released.