Newtown Section of Sarasota Fl Needs a Curfew Set in Place ASAP Along With Stop and Search Policy As Thugs Continue to Fire Guns Into Air on Crowded Streets

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Maurice Carnes and Jerral Bell gun toting Newtown fools.
Sarasota Police Dept. Published on Jul 22, 2014, Newtown Section of Sarasota Fl Needs a Curfew Set in Place ASAP Along With Stop and Search Policy .
UPDATE: September 3rd, 2014 on Jerral Bell.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, today captured a career criminal who was wanted on two felony charges. Through investigation and surveillance, deputies located Jerral Bell, DOB 1/12/89, this morning and arrested him during a felony traffic stop at University Parkway and Shade Avenue in Sarasota. Bell was the man shown on surveillance video firing his weapon in the midst of a crowd that had gathered in north Sarasota in the early morning hours of July 5. After his release from jail in July, Bell failed to appear in court for his arraignment on charges of Discharging a Firearm in Public and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon. Bell has been arrested more than 20 times for crimes including Battery, Burglary and multiple drug and weapons charges. Bell was featured on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for the most recent “Fugitive Friday,” a weekly social media campaign to highlight wanted criminals. He is the second of four suspects featured in August to be apprehended.

On July 5, 2014, at approximately 1:30 a.m., officers monitoring cameras along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way near Dixie Avenue, observed two suspects known to them, Maurice Carnes and Jerral Bell, standing near the intersection. see!/SarasotaPoliceDepartment

During this time and as seen in the first video clip, officers observed Carnes, who was wearing a dark colored button up shirt, give a handgun to Bell, who was wearing a dark tank top. After receiving the handgun, Bell fired off several shots into the air among the crowd. Officers then observed Bell hand back the handgun to Carnes who walked east on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Way away from Bell. see!/SarasotaPoliceDepartment

As seen on video Carnes walks between two marked Sarasota Police patrol vehicles with the handgun in plain sight. Officers relayed information to responding units who subsequently took Carnes into custody after a brief foot pursuit. Officers then located and arrested Bell. No injuries were reported. see!/SarasotaPoliceDepartment

Carnes has been charged with felony possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, resisting an officer without violence and smuggling contraband into a detention facility. Bell has been charged with felony possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and firing a weapon in public or on residential property. see!/SarasotaPoliceDepartment

The second incident, also captured on camera, occurred two hours later in the area of Links Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Way at approximately 3:54 a.m. As seen on video, a large crowd gathers, shots are fired in close proximity to both Sarasota Police officers and citizens and the crowd disperses quickly. One person was wounded in this shooting incident, which is currently an active investigation. see!/SarasotaPoliceDepartment




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