Deputies: Man carjacked woman in Sarasota, stole her credit cards, crashed her car

Carjacking Investigation

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Deputies have arrested the suspect who allegedly committed an armed carjacking and stole credit cards from the victims purse.

Wednesday around 3:30pm, Sarasota Police officers spotted a silver 2006 Cadillac CTS near 42nd Street and Tamiami Trail. That vehicle was carjacked from a woman around 6:45pm on Tuesday when she was entering her car at Parkway Collections at University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota.

When the vehicle was spotted Wednesday, Sarasota Police gave chase. Ultimately, the chase ended after officers say the driver collided with another vehicle on Tamiami Trail near 42nd Street.

Deputies: Carjacking suspect arrested after fleeing police, crashing into vehicle on US 41
Deputies: Carjacking suspect arrested after fleeing police, crashing into vehicle on US 41 (Source: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

The driver, now identified as 52-year-old George Sparrow, allegedly approached a woman Tuesday night, threatened her with a gun, and forced her inside her vehicle and then forced her to drive him away. When they reached a parking lot DeSoto Road, deputies say Sparrow stole her credit card, cell phone and then forced her out of the vehicle and drove off with her car.

Within minutes of the carjacking, deputies say Sparrow used the victim’s credit cards to purchase a 55″ flat screen TV for almost $319 at a Walmart on Lockwood Ridge Road. The card was used again around 30 minutes later to purchase $4 worth of merchandise at the Day and Night Convenience Store on the 3200 block of DeSoto Road.

Surveillance was obtained for the Walmart transaction which revealed several of the suspect’s tattoos and clothing as similarly described by the victim. Deputies received multiple anonymous tips on Wednesday and another from an officer from the the Sarasota Police Department who recently dealt with Sparrow.

Deputies searching for suspect in a stolen vehicle incident in Sarasota
Deputies searching for suspect in a stolen vehicle incident in Sarasota (Source: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

Sparrow has now been charged with Kidnapping, Armed Carjacking, and Grand Theft. He also faces a single count of Fleeing to Elude from the Sarasota Police Department.

The sheriff’s office says Sparrow has more than a dozen local arrests for crimes including Burglary, Uttering a Forged Instrument, Battery and others.

He is currently in the Sarasota County Jail.

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