Sarasota police make arrest in shooting

Sarasota Police Make Arrest in Connection to August Shooting

SARASOTA, Fla. – Jaymes Smith, 29, of North Lockwood Ridge Road #28, Sarasota, is facing charges of attempted murder in connection to a shooting that happened on August 14, 2020.  Smith was served with the additional charges on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

Smith has been at the Sarasota County Jail since September 1, 2020, for charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection to a shooting on August 9, 2020, on Old Bradenton Road.

Jaymes Smith, 29

On August 14, 2020, Sarasota Police responded to the 3000 block of North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota, reference a shooting.  Officers found 9mm casings near the southbound lanes and median of North Washington Blvd.  A witness told Sarasota Police officers that she was driving southbound on North Washington Blvd. when a Buick Encore SUV cut in front of her.  The witness told officers that the driver of the Buick was chasing after an Infiniti sedan.  The witness said as the Infiniti got into the eastbound turn lane near 30th Street, Sarasota, the driver of the Buick Encore pointed a handgun out of the driver’s door window and shot several rounds.  No one was injured.

On December 4, 2020, detectives with the Sarasota Police Department spoke with one of the victims involved in the August 14, 2020 shooting.  The victim identified Smith as the shooting suspect in the August 9th and August 14th shooting incidents.  Based on information developed in their investigation, detectives had probable cause to charge Smith with attempted murder.

Smith remains at the Sarasota County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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