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Updated: 03/20/2014 09:17:45PM

Lawyer: NP officer under investigation commits suicide

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By ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER

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UPDATE — Statement from Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office:

On March 2nd the North Port Police Department asked the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an incident that occurred at a party and possibly involved an on duty and an off duty officer.

Detectives have investigated those allegations and today reached a point of having probable cause to arrest the individuals involved, and a judge agreed, signing 2 arrest warrants, each with one count of sexual battery and one count of kidnapping. Both suspects had been cooperative throughout this investigation as have their attorneys. There was an agreement that we would make notification when we were going to arrest these individuals.

Today detectives notified Ms. Melanie Turner that they had a warrant for her arrest. She complied and was taken into custody without incident. We notified Mr. Ricky Urbina of the same and he asked that detectives meet at a prearranged location, not his home. Detectives agreed and while en route they were notified of a shooting at Mr. Urbina’s home.

We have been notified that Mr. Urbina is deceased.

The North Port Police Department is conducting the death investigation.

Our involvement is concluded at this time.

EARLIER

Ricky Urbina, one of two North Port Police Officers suspected of being involved in a sexual assault at a party earlier this month, took his own life, his attorney said Thursday. The two officers had previously been referred to as “John Doe” and “Jane Doe” in police reports Sarasota Criminal Defense Attorney Eric Reisinger of the Reisinger Law Firm said he heard the news just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Reisinger had been speaking with Urbina during the day. “He was obviously upset that he was about to be arrested for a crime he feels he didn’t commit,” Reisinger said of Urbina’s demeanor over the phone. “We maintain the allegations were false, and we were looking forward to clearing his name and that of the other officer.” Reisinger said he was already working on arrangements for Urbina’s bail. “I was actually speaking to the State Attorney’s Office when I got the call,” he said just before 6:30 Thursday.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office released a heavily redacted incident report that shows deputies were called to a North Port house party March 2 where several police officers were in attendance to investigate a sexual battery.

While the address of the home, along with the names of people there at the time of the investigation were deleted, the incident report shows that three police officers, two male and one female, were at the home during the alleged incident.

Evidence collected at the scene included two cell phones, a Sig Sauer 9 mm pistol, taser and pepper spray, the report shows. The alleged victim’s clothing, including blue jeans, belt, bra and shirt were also collected as evidence, along with a sexual assault kit.

The report shows that 12 people were at the home during the alleged incident, including people who listed their occupations as a receptionist, dental nurse, consultant, installer, supervisor and security tech.

SCSO Crime Scene technician Maxine Miller wrote in a brief report that a birthday party had taken place at the home, and cake, liquor bottles and snacks had been set up on a kitchen island, and a corn hole game had been set up in the home’s living room.

Miller wrote that the sexual battery had been reported as having taken place on a bed in one of the home’s bedrooms, and found a “black sports bag, clothing, straw hat and a stuffed animal” on top of the bed where the sexual battery occurred, but a detective on the scene informed Miller the items “belonged to a male resident” of the home, and were not part of the investigation, the report shows.

The sheriff’s office declined to comment on the report.


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