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Three teenagers arrested in assault of off-duty Sarasota Police Officer

Posted at 3:21 PM, Feb 19, 2019

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection to the assault of an off-duty Sarasota Police Officer on Feb. 7.

Two teens were arrested this morning and a third was arrested on Feb. 8.

Off-duty Sarasota Police Officer assaulted by group of teens after defending homeless person

All three of the teens, two age 16 and one age 15, are charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer.

Detectives continue to search for a fourth suspect.

It was originally believed five suspects were involved but detectives now believe only four were involved.

On Feb. 7, the officer was jogging at Payne Park when he noticed a homeless person being harassed, pushed and hit by a group of teens.

The off-duty officer identified himself as a Sarasota Police Officer and told the teenagers to stop. However, the teens reportedly turned their aggression on the officer, striking him several times and injuring him before leaving the area.

Both the officer and original victim are doing well.