Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down two masked men who attempted to carjack a hotel employee earlier this month.
The victim told detectives that he had just arrived at work at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 16410 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers, around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, when two unknown men started yelling at him. The men quickly approached the victim and demanded his car keys, with one of the suspects brandishing a black and silver semi-automatic gun.
Two new photos, as well as video, from Monday night’s robbery at the Subway in Bonita Springs, is now available. Attached are two enhanced photos of the suspect (in .png files), as well as a video of the suspect entering the store.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
Anonymous donor increases reward in unsolved Cape homicide
In hopes of generating new leads in the 2014 murder of Cape Coral resident Al Griffiths, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is working with an anonymous donor who this afternoon has pledged a $9,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for gunning down a manager in front of his workplace.
Griffiths was on break, sitting in front of the TJ Maxx store he managed at 1502 Del Prado Boulevard, just before 9 p.m.
Robbery detectives have made an arrest in Wednesday night's armed home invasion in the Cape Royal community.
On March 25 at approximately 9:46 p.m., deputies were called to 11574 Royal Tee Circle, Cape Coral. Due to the nature of the crime, the Lee County Sheriff's Office Robbery Unit assumed the investigation.
The victims, a husband and wife, say they were in their home when the front door bell rang. The male victim opened the front door but no one was there.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of several incidents that have occurred over the past several days involving caller ID spoofing and the impersonation of a Sheriff’s employee demanding money in lieu of arrest for an outstanding bench warrant. Unfortunately, the male caller was successful in convincing one frightened victim to purchase $7,000 in reloadable gift cards before a legitimate deputy sheriff was able to intervene and put an end to the on-going scam.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man caught on surveillance cameras making expensive purchases on a credit card created under the guise of a false identity.
According to detectives, the victim realized in late February that his identity had been compromised when he received a phone call from American Express confirming that he had applied for a credit card account – which he had not.
As of late last night, all five men involved in the armed robbery of a Bonita Springs resident Sunday evening have been taken into custody. Early yesterday morning, detectives arrested Jose Garcia (DOB 3/6/88) for his involvement in the crime, charging him with armed robbery and resisting arrest. Detectives worked relentlessly throughout the day and late last night, they located Milton Duque (DOB 3/24/94) and Joshua Goday (DOB 11/14/93) at a residence on Coconut Road.
It’s been twenty years to the day since the unexplained disappearance of Phillip Koss (d.o.b. 11/20/1970 of Sarasota, Fla). Koss was last seen on Monday, March 13, 1995 in the vicinity of the 400 block of Van Buren Street off Palm Beach Boulevard. A week later his vehicle was located abandoned in Sarasota, Florida.
“We have attached an age progressed photograph that would possibly depict what Philip might look like today. We urge anyone with information that may shed light on this case to please come forward,” said Detective Sergeant Brian O’Reilly.
Damien Licquia (DOB 5-8-97) was located in North Fort Myers and was taken into custody without incident. North District Deputies located Licquia and arrested him at 10:38 P.M. this evening.
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Four teenagers are under arrest following a violent and brazen crime spree that began early Saturday morning in North Fort Myers. The teens now face charges including Home Invasion Robbery, Carjacking, Kidnapping and Sexual Battery. A fifth suspect remains at large.