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Two men arrested for sexual assault, Sarasota police say


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Two men were arrested after a report of an armed sexual assault led to a SWAT situation in Sarasota on Monday, the Sarasota Police Department said.

At approximately 3:50 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the 2000 block of 17th Street after a report of an armed sexual battery. The victim told police she had gone to a restaurant with Francisco Serrano, 28, and Pastor Mendiola-Martinez, 26, both of Sarasota, because she wanted to borrow money from Serrano. Afterward, Serrano invited her to sleep at his residence because they had been drinking, and there the two men sexually assaulted her, the victim told police. Mendiola-Martinez then left the house.

After the assault the victim left the house, and Serrano pointed a shotgun at her, the victim said. She locked herself in her car, and he tapped the window with the weapon, continuing to point it at her until friends the victim had sent text messages to arrived. He then went in the residence, the victims said.

Officers worked with SWAT members to make contact with Serrano through phone calls and a bullhorn, and Serrano was arrested without incident. Mendiola-Martinez was arrested at his home.

Serrano has been charged with sexual battery, and aggravated assault with a firearm,. Mendiola-Martinez has been charged with sexual battery. Both men are being held at the Sarasota County Jail, according to jail records.

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