Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Police Department has arrested a man allegedly responsible for two robberies in the area.
Authorities say John Coates, a 19-year-old homeless man, robbed the 7-Eleven on North Washington Blvd. at around 2:33 a.m. He reportedly entered the store carrying a brick, assaulted the clerk, and stole several items, including an unknown amount of cash. He then fled the store on foot.
The robbery was caught by surveillance cameras, and photos of the suspect were distributed to Sarasota police.
At around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a female officer saw Coates at the Salvation Army on 10th Street and recognized him from the surveillance photos. She ordered him to place his hands behind his back, but authorities say he tried to run after throwing a chair at the officer.
Coates was arrested after a foot pursuit with assistance from another officer. During his arrest, police found a vial with seven pieces of crack cocaine.
Coates is charged with two counts of armed robbery, resisting arrest, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He allegedly confessed to both the 7-Eleven robbery and the robbery of the Smoke Shop on N. Tamiami Trail on June 14.