Man high on drugs arrested in Sarasota after imagining home invasion, deputies say

Austin Stuenkel, Sarasota County Jail booking photo

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Deputies say a Sarasota County man was under the influence of narcotics when he called 911 to report a home invasion, saying there were people running through his home and backyard.

There was never a home invasion and now Austin Stuenkel, 22, faces nearly a dozen felony drug charges after deputies say they found a large stash of drugs in his home.

Deputies responded to Stuenkel’s home on Yorktown Street around 11 p.m. on Monday after he called 911 about people running through his home and yard.

“I heard a bang and I checked my security cameras and I saw multiple people jumping my back fence and my backyard,” said Stuenkel on the phone. His message was very descriptive and he claimed he saw the group of people wearing masks and carrying weapons.

“The guy in the backyard looks like he’s enormous. Like 6 feet 5 inches, 6 feet 6 inches…he’s hiding behind my shed, peeking his head out,” said Stuenkel. “There’s one female sitting in my front porch kind of eating a piece of pizza.”

When deputies finally arrived, Stuenkel suddenly became uncooperative.

“They’re out there waiting for you to step out,” the dispatcher said.

“Yeah, I don’t believe you,” replied Stuenkel.

When the dispatcher repeated himself, Stuenkel laughed and said, “Yeah, f— you.”

He later allowed deputies to search the home, but he was not able to operate the surveillance system. Deputies didn’t find any suspects, but they did find narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia which led them to believe Stuenkel was dealing drugs.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and served it at Stuenkel’s home at 4:40 a.m. the next day.

Detectives say they found various narcotics throughout the residence including two baggies of cocaine in a bedroom closet and master bedroom. The first bag weighed 29.2 grams, the second bag weighed 10.2 grams. Deputies say they found additional bags of cocaine, as well. All of the of cocaine found in the home weighed 45 grams.

Deputies say they also discovered the following drugs at Stuenkel’s home:

  • 3,331 Xanax pills
  • 22 Clonazepam pills
  • .2 grams of Hydromorphone Hydrochloride
  • 2.6 grams of MDMA
  • 6.3 grams of Amphetamine
  • .6 grams of Mehtamphetanube
  • 1.6 grams of Buprenorphine
  • 3,817 grams of marijuana
  • 5.5 grams of Phencyclidine

Detectives reported that 20 other items were found in the home, some had narcotics labels. These items were submitted to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Drug Lab for testing.

Stuenkel now faces eleven felony charges and more charges could be coming.

He was booked into the Sarasota County Jail.

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