Crime & Courts
Sarasota standoff began with man expecting change: police
A Sarasota man who pointed an assault rifle at another man who was expecting change and then defied officers, leading to a SWAT team being called out, is in custody, the Sarasota Police Department said. According to a report, the victim owed $10 to Robert L. Rodriguez, 24, and went to Rodriguez’s home at 993 Gary St. early today to pay him back. The victim said he gave Rodriguez a $100 bill, expecting change, but Rodriguez threw him out of the house instead. When the victim knocked on the door, Rodriguez opened the door and pointed an assault rifle at the victim telling him he would kill him, police said. The victim then called police. When the victim knocked on the door again, wanting his change, Rodriguez would not answer his door and would not respond to officers. Rodriguez told officers that he was not coming out and that they would have to go in and get him, police said.Officers evacuated nearby homes, surrounded the house and called out the SWAT team. Rodriguez gave up and was arrested without incident. Detectives got a search warrant for the home, and during their search they found a Hi-Point assault rifle, ammunition, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and scales, police said. Rodriguez, a convicted felon, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Other charges for the narcotics and ammunition will follow.