Sarasota County Sheriff Tactical Unit Deputies Arrest Robert DeCola and Charles Blair Charged with Attempted Murder The Duo Work for “Black Dog Tree Service”

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Sarasota County Sheriff Tactical Unit Deputies Arrest Robert DeCola on (L.), and Charles Blair on (R.) Charged with Attempted Murder The Duo Work for “Black Dog Tree Service”. Robert DeCola, and Charles Blair are tree trimming guys who both have extensive prior violent criminal convictions. I saw the tail end of this take down today as I was coming back from doing surveillance at around 1:15 pm, an undercover deputy had his car parked in the middle of Maceachen Blvd just south of Wilkerson Rd and parallel to Beneva Rd and was confronting what appeared to be a 3rd tree trimming guy by the side of the road who had a stick in his left hand, Black Dog Tree Service is only a few blocks from that location.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Sarasota duo for striking a man with their car, beating him, and leaving him severely injured in a parking lot, early Tuesday morning. Deputies first responded to the area of Beneva Road and Bahia Vista Street in Sarasota just before 2:00 a.m. on March 8th, 2017, for initial reports of a vehicle crash with injuries. When they arrived, they made contact with the 39-year-old victim who suffered several lacerations to his body, a broken nose and arm. According to the victim, two men known to him pulled into a parking lot where the victim was sitting on his bicycle. The suspects struck the victim with a vehicle multiple times before both suspects exited and began beating the victim with a wooden stick.

The victim provided suspect information and a description of the truck to detectives. Tuesday afternoon around noon March 6th, 2017, Tactical Unit deputies located the suspect’s truck with blood and front-end damage, in the area of Beneva Road and Ingram Avenue in Sarasota. The truck was marked with a decal advertising “Black Dog Tree Service” where both suspects are employed. Robert DeCola, DOB 06/18/80, and Charles Blair, DOB 12/01/92, were arrested and charged with Attempted Homicide. They remain in custody today without bond.

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