Man Arrested in Venice After Road Rage Incident in Publix Parking Lot
An arrest warrant from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on March 27, 2021 was issued by the Venice Police Department, as officers responded to a call at about 3 p.m., on that day... at the Publix in the 1400 block of East Venice Avenue.
When officers they arrived, a female victim and three witnesses told deputies the woman had been driving on East Venice Avenue when she noticed she was being followed by a dark-colored Ford F-150 pickup truck.
In fear, the woman drove into the Publix parking lot and parked in a parking space. That is when, the truck following her, then pulled in behind her, blocking her... per the police the report.
That is when the driver of the truck, later identified as Michael Robert Vigliotti, 50, of Homosassa, got out of his vehicle and began pounding on the victim’s car door, yelling and cursing at her, accusing her of cutting him off in traffic.
When the victim attempted to exit her vehicle, Vigliotti allegedly slammed her car door on her leg multiple times.
A passenger in the victim’s car told deputies Vigliotti then open the victim’s door and tried to pull the victim out of her vehicle, the report said.
A person sitting on a bench in the parking lot observed the altercation, noted Vigliotti’s license plate number and called 911.
Vigliotti left the scene before police arrived.
Vigliotti was arrested Monday, June 14, 2021` by Sarasota County sheriff’s deputies and charged with battery, false imprisonment and burglary with an assault.