SARASOTA, Fla. -- Deputies arrested a man following a brief pursuit Sunday who they say is suspected of committing armed robberies at businesses along U.S. 41 in Sarasota.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, a Tactical Unit Deputy observed a suspicious vehicle driving behind businesses Saturday afternoon which matched the car seen fleeing an armed robbery the day before. The vehicle's tag number came back to a car reported stolen in Collier County on July 26.
Multiple unmarked units followed the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop when the suspect pulled onto Payne Parkway. Deputies used a PIT maneuver in a parking lot to stop the vehicle and the driver leaned toward the passenger side with a black handgun in his right hand pointed in the direction of a deputy. The suspect revved the engine as if he was going to try to drive away so another deputy performed a blocking technique which caused the defendant to lose his grip on the gun and drop it out the passenger window.
Deputies then took 50-year-old Michael White of Sarasota into custody.
White was questioned about crimes in both the city and the county and booked into the Sarasota County Jail, where the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office charged him with Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Reckless Fleeing to Elude, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Violation of Driver License Restriction and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He is also charged with Vehicle Theft.
The investigation into the robberies is ongoing but evidence has been recovered and charges are pending. White has a series of arrests for Possession of Rock Cocaine, Armed Burglary, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and violating probation multiple times.