Deputies: Sarasota man charged with felony after threatening to kill Venice hotel manager

Man Threatens to Kill Hotel Manager

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Over the weekend a Sarasota man was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill a Venice hotel manager.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office says on Saturday, August 3, David Ashworth sent an email to a Tampa TV station about a hotel located in Venice. Deputies say in the email, the 51-year-old accused of the hotel of double charging him, kicking people out, and referred to the hotel manager using racial slurs.

He also allegedly made threats, saying, “But when I take him out you will say I’m the bad guy" and ”I am taking him out next week when I say that you all don’t understand" and “he made my girl cry now I must make him die.”

The Tampa TV station also received a phone call about the hotel. Deputies say in the call, Ashworth claimed to have a lawyer who will defend him when “I do what I do next week.” When asked what he meant, Ashworth allegedly replied, “You will see it on the news" and “when it happens, it happens.”

Deputies say Ashworth admitted using his girlfriend’s email address to send the email to the Tampa TV station and calling their phone number. The hotel manager told the sheriff’s office he was aware of Ashworth’s alleged threats and feared Ashworth would follow through with them.

Ashworth was arrested and charged with written threats to kill, a felony. He was taken to the Sarasota County Jail on $7,500 bond.

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