SARASOTA, Fla. – Sarasota Police officers responded to the 2800 block of Goodrich Avenue on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at about 5:20 pm, for a domestic battery.
The victim, who was five weeks pregnant at the time, identified the suspect as Darryl Williams, 36, of Sarasota.
The victim told officers that Williams grabbed, pulled, and tossed her around at her home. Williams was gone when officers arrived, and a warrant for aggravated battery of a pregnant woman was issued.
Sarasota Police officers observed Williams entering the Express Grocery on Sunday, January 22, 2023, just before 2:30 pm in the 1400 block of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Sarasota. When officers tried to arrest Williams inside the store, he tried to run, and the struggle led into the parking lot.
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Williams bit one of the Sarasota Police officer’s hands and would not let go.
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The officer, an adult woman, whose name is being withheld under Marsy’s Law, tried to pull her hand away but could not due to the bite’s depth.
Officers struck Williams several times to get him to release the officer’s hand from his mouth. Eventually, Williams let go.
Williams was transported to the Sarasota County Jail and currently has no bond. Williams is facing charges of:
- Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Woman (felony)
- Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (felony)
- Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (felony)
- Resisting Officer with Violence with Serious Injury (felony)
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Williams has a criminal history that dates back to 2003, with 24 felony charges (9 convictions) and 15 misdemeanor charges (11 convictions). Felony charges include resisting with violence (2003), cocaine possession (2005), sexual battery / sexual fondling of a child (2007), and cocaine sale within 1000′ of a house (2011).
This case remains an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department Patrol Division at 941-263-6773.