Sarasota Police arrest repeat offender on home invasion, sexual battery charges
(BTLS Staff) SARASOTA, Fla. – A 27-year-old man with an extensive criminal history is behind bars, again.
Herbert Earl Stilley is being held without bond at the Sarasota County Jail. He is facing sexual battery and armed home invasion charges.
According to a Sarasota Police Department report the incident Stilley is charged in occurred in the early morning hours of February 10th, 2015. Law enforcement responded to a call from a residence in the 2100 block of Dixie Ave. just after 2 am.
Officers spoke to a female resident who stated the suspect entered the home with a small-caliber handgun , pointed it at her and demanded her cell phone. At the time the victim’s husband was outside and two children were asleep in a back bedroom.
Both the victim and her husband are deaf but they can read lips. To protect her children the victim took Stilley to a backroom and gave him her purse. Instead of leaving, the suspect sexually battered the woman at gunpoint.
If fear for her life, the victim did not resist. Her husband came in just as Stilley was exiting the room. He chased him from the home and called 9-1-1.
Crime scene technicians responded to the scene to collect DNA and other evidence. SPD detectives have been working the case since. Based on DNA gathered at the crime scene Stilley was identified as a suspect and warrant was issued for his arrest.
He was located and taken into custody on Wednesday.
This is not Stilley’s first brush with law enforcement in Sarasota County. He’s been arrested a handful of times since 2009 mostly for drug-related offenses.
Additional charges could be filed as the investigation continues.