SARASOTA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people after fleeing deputies in response to a retail theft at the Home Depot in Sarasota.
Monday around kl. At 4.30pm, deputies were warned by loss prevention staff to Michael Barone, DOB 03/08/84, where they hid items worth nearly $ 400 in a cart at the Cattlemen Home Depot site. When Barone realized he was being monitored, he left the goods inside the store and fled on foot to a Bordeaux SUV driven by Iris Rivera, DOB 05/08/80. As deputies approached the duo, Rivera accelerated away and struck a deputy in the leg with his vehicle.
Additional deputies attempted to implement a traffic stop on the southbound I-75 collision, but Rivera continued to flee, nearly colliding with a patrol car. Barone took over driving and reached dangerous speeds. In an abundance of caution for public safety, deputies canceled the persecution.
The agency’s aviation unit maintained visual contact while updating ground units as the vehicle eventually left the highway onto River Road. The vehicle continued to drive recklessly into a North Port neighborhood, where it lost control and hit a house on Gatun Street. Barone fled again on foot and Rivera was taken into custody from the SUV. No serious injuries or structural damage have been reported. On Tuesday afternoon, deputies arrested Barone without further incident.
Barone, at 8816 Culebra Avenue in North Port, is charged with Second Degree Petit Theft, resisting arrest during property recovery, resisting arrest without violence and fleeing to escape. Rivera, also at 8816 Culebra Avenue in North Port, is charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to escape and possession of a controlled substance. Both Barone and Rivera remain in custody today without bond.
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