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Pro Quebec tennis player arrested for sex crime in Florida

BRADENTON, Florida (AP) -- Florida officials have arrested a professional tennis player for attempting to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Pierre-Ludovic Duclos-Lasnier of Quebec, Canada, was arrested Thursday. The 27-year-old was training at IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Authorities say a detective assumed the victim's identity and chatted with Duclos-Lasnier on the victim's cell phone.

Manatee County officials say Duclos-Lasnier solicited the girl for sex and sent a photograph of his penis. He offered to meet the girl and was arrested at the meeting point.

Body found at apartment complex playground

Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death a man whose body was found in the playground area of Citrus Meadow Apartments early Wednesday morning.

Deputies say the body has been identified as 20-year-old Damen Gilbert. Right now, detectives are treating the case as a homicide due to the fact there was trauma to Gilbert's body.

Anyone with any information on this investigation is asked to call 941-747-3011, ext. 2224 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

Man wanted for attempted sexual battery

Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County Sheriff's deputies are searching for man who attacked a woman as she left her home Thursday night.

Authorities say 39-year-old Michael Hope grabbed the woman as she walked in the area of 57th Avenue Terrace East and 10th Street and put his hand over her mouth and a knife to her throat. He then told her over and over not to scream or he would kill her.

Police search for man wanted in deadly shootout

Police search for man wanted in deadly shootout

Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County detectives are searching for a man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of James Brady outside a home on Jan. 20.

Authorities say Charles Jones, Jared Lee and James Brady approached Joshua Pinkham and Roy Potter in the carport of the men's home while dressed in black with masks covering their faces. Brady then reportedly pointed his gun at Pinkham who was also armed and pulled out his handgun.

Man arrested for having sex with boy he met online

Sarasota, Florida -- A Sarasota man was arrested Monday after police say he engaged in sexual activity with a boy he met online.

Sarasota detectives say the two met through a social networking application in late December and communicated through text messages for about two weeks. 

During that time, police say 33-year-old Michael Christner sent the 15-year-old sexually explicit photos and had sexual discussions with the boy.

Rare violin from 1770 stolen from owner

Bradenton, Florida -- A rare violin crafted in 1770 has been reported missing in Bradenton and Manatee County detectives are asking for the public's help to find it.

The owner of the violin reported the instrument missing on Jan. 18 from her home in the 3900 block of 75th Street W. However, after a search of the home showed no signs of forced entry, investigators say it's possible the violin was stolen from the woman's car.

She reportedly last used the violin on Jan. 15.

Additional reward money offered in drive-by shooting death

Additional reward money offered in drive-by shooting death

Bradenton, Florida -- The Bradenton Police Department has announced the Gold Star Club of Manatee County, Inc. has added an additional $5,000 to a previous reward of $1,000 from Crime Stoppers of Manatee County for infomation leading to the arrest the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of 31-year-old Renee Salinas.