Arrest made in Zota double murder case

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An arrest was made today in the Zota murder case.

At 4 p.m. today,  August 9,  the Longboat Key Police Department, working in partnership with the Manatee Sheriff’s Office Homicide Investigative Unit, arrested Darryl Hanna Jr. for the robbery and double homicide that occurred at the Zota Beach Resort on Friday, August 4.

Hanna was apprehended without incident at a residence in east Bradenton by members of the Longboat Key Police Department and Manatee County Homicide Investigative Unit. Hanna has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of armed robbery.

Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming told Longboat Key News, “Longboat Key’s Sergeant Robert Bourque has done an excellent job investigating crimes for our department and he played a central role in this case. We teamed up with the Manatee County Investigative Unit and their combined skill and talent led to the apprehension of the suspect who otherwise might have gotten away with this crime.”

Longboat Key Deputy Chief Frank Rubino told Longboat Key News that the license plate recognition cameras came into play.

“The officers did a great job and residents should be comforted that the perpetrator is arrested and behind bars.”

A press conference will be held Thursday morning at 11 am at the Town of Longboat Key Town Hall Commission Chambers located at 501 Bay Isles road, Longboat Key, FL 34228.

Police were hunting for the suspect who fled the scene after shooting and killing two male employees at Longboat Key’s Zota Beach Resort at 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive last Friday.

Longboat Police Chief Pete Cumming reports that police were initially called to respond to an apparent robbery that occurred at about 2:40 a.m. and found two people dead inside the resort.

A surveillance video showed theman wielding a pistol as he walked through the bar at the Zota Resort. The man was masked with a long-sleeved white oxford shirt and dark pants. Another video also showed the gunman walking toward a door carrying a cashbox that contained likely between $300 and $600. See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZOskbXOC9A

The victims are Sarasota resident Timothy Hurley, 59, who was a Night Manager at the Zota Resort and Bradenton resident Kevin Carter, 51, who worked with Victory Security as the evening security guard at the Zota.

Acting Town Manager Paul Dezzi said police did have confirmation of two vehicles exiting the island on the north end of the key shortly after the murders.


This story will be updated as events unfold.

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6 Responses for “Arrest made in Zota double murder case”

  1. roswitha stohmann says:

    I am so glad we have a great law enforcement on Longboat.

  2. Doreen Dupont says:

    Great job. Where is Hanna being held?

  3. Lee says:

    Yes, kudos to the law enforcement involved. What bothers me is that this guy worked for a security company. I’m curious if a background check was processed. I only bring this up because I read somewhere that the suspect was caught stealing at one of his job sites!!

  4. Steve Keller says:

    Kudos to all law enforcement officers involved. Great job. Hope this guy goes away forever.

  5. JW Armstrong says:

    Congratulations to the Longboat Key Police and Manatee County Sheriff for their great police work and getting this animal of the streets!

  6. Maureen Hunt says:

    Great job from our law enforcement agencies!

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