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Family increases reward in hopes of finding a killer

on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:27

**UPDATE #1**

Now that the entire Garcia family has arrived in town, they decided this morning to offer an additional $3,000 reward, on top of the initial $5,000 which was offered yesterday.  So now, in total, the reward amount for information leading to an arrest in Rene Garcia’s murder is $9,000 ($8,000 from the family and $1,000 from Crime Stoppers).

For additional information, contact Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at

Note to the media:  Family members are respectfully declining any media interviews at this time.

Nearly 48 hours after the murder of

ID sought for attempted attacker

on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:14

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown Hispanic male who attempted to sexually assault a female at a mobile home park last Wednesday morning.

Detectives say the victim was walking back to her home at the Covered Wagon Mobile Home Park, located at 21450 S. Tamiami Trail, around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3.  She immediately noticed a man nearby, who began to follow her back to her trailer.  During that time, the man called out to her several times, however she ignored his statements.

Car may be key to tracking down home invasion robbery suspects

on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:59

**UPDATE #2**

Early this morning, Johnny Wade turned himself in at the Lee County Jail.  He is charged with residential home invasion robbery with a firearm, and is currently being held without bond.

Crime Stoppers appreciates the media and the public’s assistance in bringing this violent crime to a conclusion.

Note:  This morning’s booking photo of Johnny Wade is attached to this release.

**UPDATE #1**

One of the suspects in last Tuesday's home invasion robbery has now been identified.

Suspects sought in Thanksgiving Eve shooting

on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 16:38

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a violent foursome who shot a man after a foiled robbery attempt on Thanksgiving Eve.

According to the victim, four young men wearing masks and dark clothing approached him shortly after 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26th, while he was sitting on his front porch at 10901 Bonita Drive in Bonita Springs. The men demanded money and, initially, the victim thought the men were joking and he refused.  At that point, one of the men then shot the victim in the leg, before all four scattered on foot.

Anyone with information

Information sought in fatal Lehigh hit and run crash

on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:10

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down the driver who ran over, and left for dead, a Lehigh Acres man last month.

Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol said Charles Snyder (DOB 8/28/69), was riding his bicycle along Sunshine Boulevard shortly after 11 p.m. on November 7th. Around 11:10 p.m., an unknown driver struck Snyder from behind, causing him to be ejected from his bicycle, causing fatal injuries.  Rather than stopping to help render aid to Snyder, the unknown driver made the choice to leave the scene before troopers arrived.


Smash and grab bandits strike twice in one night

on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:07

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two young men believed to have burglarized two Fort Myers businesses early Tuesday morning.


Surveillance cameras installed at Lantern Motors, located at 11240 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, captured images of the two suspects walking around the parking lot around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25th, often times hiding behind vehicles.  The men spent 15-20 minutes on the lot, during which time they smashed through the windows of three vehicles parked on the property.

Mysterious murder remains unsolved

on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:05

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help gathering any information in the murder of a Lee County woman whose body was dumped alongside I-75 in early August.

The lifeless body of Penny Seevers (DOB 1/18/71) was found on Tuesday, August 5th near the southbound lanes of I-75, just south of Colonial Boulevard.  Her death has been determined to be a homicide, however to this point, detectives have received very little information in determining who took her life.