Man filmed biting, hanging onto police officer during Sarasota arrest

Reporter: Tiffany Rizzo Writer: Joey Pellegrino


A startling bodycam video captured a man biting a police officer and not letting go during a tumultuous Saturday arrest in Sarasota.

Darryl Williams, 36, is in the Sarasota County Jail facing felony charges for biting an officer, aggravated battery and resisting arrest with violence. In the video, he is seen on the ground struggling with officers as they try to arrest him on charges of beating a pregnant woman a day earlier. The woman told officers on Friday that Williams beat her and threw her around her home.

Police caught up with Williams at an Express Grocery store to arrest him on domestic violence charges. He tried to run, which is when the struggle happened. Williams locked his teeth onto the officer’s hand between the thumb and index finger, so deep that she had to struggle to get her hand free. Officers punched Williams repeatedly in the head, and it still took several minutes for him to let go.

Darryl Williams, 36. Credit: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

Pictures of the deep bite wound show a serious injury. The names of the officer who was bitten and the pregnant woman who alleged domestic abuse aren’t being released under Marsy’s Law. Both have been treated for their injuries.

Williams has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2003 for charges including resisting with violence, drugs and sexual battery. He is being held on more than $100,000 bond. His next court date is in March.

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