SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – Sarasota police are investigating a “suspicious incident” involving a man, a pawn shop and a baby. The man and the baby have been located and are safe, police said.
According to a news release, Brian Slocum, 43, walked into A&F Pawn Jewelry and Loan, 1155 North Washington Boulevard, with a baby in a car seat at about 5:15 p.m. and spoke to an employee.
Based on some of the statements the man had made, the employee became concerned for the child’s safety and contacted the police. The relationship between the child and the man was not immediately known.
Police later released surveillance video of the incident in hopes of identifying Slocum.
Slocum claims that his encounter with the store clerk was a prank and that he wanted to place his own video on social media. Detectives verified the child was safe. Sarasota police have also contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families Services as part of this investigation. At this time, there are no criminal charges for this investigation.