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Black Friday Beall's Robbery Suspect In Custody

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said suspect Donald Simon was hiding in an unknown area before returning to his home where he was arrested.

A Sarasota man wanted for the Black Friday Beall's Outlet robbery is now in custody of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Donald Simon, 36, of 5375 Skyline Place, Sarasota, is charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and is being held on $100,000 bond for the Nov. 23 robbery of the Beall's Outlet, 4084 Cattleman Road, according to the sheriff's office.

Witnesses told deputies that a man walked into the store where he pointed a knife at employees and demanded cash from the register, according to the sheriff's office. 

Crime Stoppers received several tips from the public that it was Simon after area media published a surveillance video, according to the sheriff's office.

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Detectives interviewed Simon's neighbors, family and close friends to confirm  Simon was the man threatening Beall's employees and customers, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Simon had been hiding at an unknown location and contacted friends and family to get money to flee the area, but he was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by the Fugitive Apprehension Unit when he returned to his home on Skyline Place, according to the sheriff's office.

Simon has a lengthy criminal history that includes more than a dozen arrests for crimes including kidnapping, drug possession and burglary, according to court records.

sherl May 12, 2013 at 08:01 PM
its a shame that unfortunetly we knew this man and i hope his life was worth what little money he got..we r glad he is caught and the world is rid of another piece of trash....we knew it was donald simon as soon as we saw the video...and he wonders why nobody wanted him around ...HERE'S UR SIGN.....VIDEO NEVER LIES!!!!!!!

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