Off-Duty Police Officer Attacked By Group of Teens After Defending Homeless Person

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SARASOTA, Florida — Today just after 12 p.m., an off-duty Sarasota Police officer was jogging at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota, when he noticed a homeless individual being harassed, pushed and hit by a group of teenagers.

The off-duty Officer identified himself as a Sarasota Police Officer and told the teenagers to stop. At least five teenagers stopped harassing the individual and turned their aggression onto the off-duty Officer, striking him several times and injuring him before leaving the area.

The Officer has minor injuries. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Dan Riley at 941-954-7062 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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