• Oct. 22, 800 block of North Shore Drive, Baker Act. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a man in the parking lot of the Rod & Reel Pier, who was threatening to cut his arms, jump into the Gulf of Mexico and feed himself to the sharks. The man told deputies he was upset that his out-of-state girlfriend had become engaged to another man. He said he had come to Florida for work and to better himself, and that his girlfriend was supposed to give him a year to do so. The man told deputies he had 14 beers to help him carry out his plan. Deputies took him into custody, after determining he was a threat to himself or others.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• Oct. 15, 2400 block of Avenue C, criminal mischief. A Bradenton Beach Police officer responded to a complaint at a local motel. The manager reported that someone had removed a piece of vinyl fence to gain access to the motel pool. She told police she suspected juveniles and that it was the second such occurrence.
• Oct. 23, 2000 Gulf Drive S., warrant. While patrolling the Coquina Beach Park, a BBPD officer observed two men in the park after midnight. After running a check, 47-year-old William Garringer, of Bradenton, was arrested on multiple out-of-county warrants. The second man did not have any warrants, and he was told to leave. Court records indicate Garringer did not appear for a court date on a felony grand theft charge in another county.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• Oct. 20, 4400 block of 125th Street West, battery. A 44-year-old woman was arrested for misdemeanor battery after an argument with another woman. According to the report, the victim was upset about some comments that where made about her and confronted the suspect. After doing so, the suspect allegedly pushed her and grabbed her hair. A MCSO deputy observed a small, bleeding scratch on the complainant’s face and arrested the suspect. The victim did not wish to press charges.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
• Oct. 18, 3800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A complainant reported someone stole a decorative metal fish from the outside wall of the apartment building. The fish, valued at $50, was recently painted and attached to the wall with metal wires, which appeared to have been cut.
• Oct. 19, 4000 Gulf Drive, disturbance. A complainant reported a group of teens had been fighting at Manatee Public Beach, but had left the area before a Holmes Beach Police officer arrived to the scene.
• Oct. 20, 5400 Marina Drive, information. A complainant came to HBPD to report that his friend had kicked him on the leg twice and left a threatening message on his phone the previous evening while the two were at D.Coy Ducks Tavern. The complainant told police that he spoke to his friend before coming in to report the incident and that his friend said he did not remember doing those things. The man was asked if he had come to press charges, but he declined to do so.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.