Sarasota deputy facing charges in attempted murder investigation

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Deputy Carson Plank, 23, was placed on administrative leave, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said. Photo via the Sarasota-Herald Tribune.

SARASOTA, Fla. A Sarasota deputy was arrested Thursday after she allegedly lied to detectives during the criminal investigation surrounding ex-employee Frankie Bybee, the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office said.

Bybee is facing several felony charges, including the attempted murder of a 79-year-old Sarasota woman. He is also accused of taking several thousands of dollars from her.

Detectives arrested Bybee on Jan. 23 and fired him seven days later, deputies said.

During the investigation, Carson Plank, 23, was one of the first deputies to respond to the victim’s home on Jan. 12.

Plank was interviewed by detectives later that day regarding her response to the incident. During questioning, Plank said she didn’t see “anything out of the ordinary” at the victim’s home, and said she hadn’t been in contact with Bybee since he was placed on administrative leave in December.

Plank was interviewed by detectives again Jan. 19 and admitted she lied in her previous interview, deputies said.

Plank found a blood droplet with human hair and took a picture of it with her cellphone at the victim’s home on Jan. 12, according to the sheriff’s office. She didn’t submit the photo as evidence, and she told Bybee about the questions detectives asked her related to the attempted murder allegations.

Phone records obtained by detectives confirmed the communication between Plank and Bybee.

Plank was placed on administrative leave, deputies said.

She is facing charges of providing false information to law enforcement during an investigation. Plank’s employment status is pending further investigation.

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