Arrest made in series of Sarasota shootings

- An arrest has been made in at least two of the four Sarasota shootings that occurred within a week, police announced Wednesday morning.

About 36 hours of non-stop investigative work led to the arrest of Joshua Bane. 

"We were concerned because of the incidents that there was a danger to our community based on his behavior," said Chief Bernadette DiPino. 

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino said Bane was responsible for two shootings that happened on Friday, May 11 in the Newtown Community. 

At 1:40 a.m., one person was shot while standing in the area of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Pershing Avenue. 

Hours later at 8 a.m., another man was shot twice in the leg in the 1500 block of 20th street. 

Police believe he could be connected to another two shootings. 

The first happening on May 8 in the 1800 block of 23rd Street at 10:15 p.m. 

The last happened off Palmadelia Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. 

All happened in less than a week. 

"We will not stop investigating until we are able to find out who was involved in all of the shootings in all of our community," said Chief DiPino. 

Police have not released a motive but said the shootings were targeted. 

"When you hear the person has been apprehended I think the community is a little better at ease with what is going on in the community," said Jetson Grimes. 

Jetson Grimes will be on-hand at a community meeting on May 24 to discuss the recent gun violence and, and possibly putting an end to it. 

He believes it starts with the arrest of Bane. 

"It's always good to have dialogue with the community and knowing some of the pros and cons is necessary in keeping the community safe," he said. 

Officers arrested Bane at an apartment off Tuttle. They found a gun and ammunition. 

Bane, a six-time convicted felon with 50 prior criminal charges will now face an additional two, for attempted murder. 

"I'm just glad he's in custody and that our community is safe from any danger that he can impose any further," said Chief DiPino. 

Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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