Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Police Report

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Police Report

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Two charged with attempted murder

SARASOTA -- Two Sarasota County men were arrested on charges of hitting a man with their truck, beating him and leaving him severely injured in a parking lot on Tuesday morning.

Robert DeCola, 36, and Charles Blair, 24, were arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with the attack, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to Beneva Road and Bahia Vista Street in Sarasota just before 2 a.m., according to the Sheriff's Office. They discovered a 39-year-old victim who suffered severe cuts to his body and a broken nose and arm.

The victim told deputies he knew the two men who pulled into the parking lot where he was sitting on his bicycle. The victim said he heard DeCola yell to Blair, "Run him over. …

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