On Saturday, May 18, 2013 Officers with the Fort Myers Police Department were proactively patrolling the area of Hanson and Jackson Streets in marked police cars when they observed a juvenile loitering in the area. Officers immediately recognized the juvenile from a previous contact the day before. On Friday, May 17, 2013, the juvenile was observed loitering in the same area and trespassing at a nearby apartment complex. On that day, the juvenile was also in violation of the youth protection ordinance 50-133 for not being in school. However, this time, upon sight of the officers the juvenile took off running. Officers eventually caught up with the juvenile and placed him under arrest for trespassing.
Officers made contact with the juvenile’s mother and asked that she provide clothing for her son since he was only wearing shorts. The mother retrieved a hoodie from the juvenile’s room. The officers immediately noted that the sweatshirt matched the description of clothing worn by a suspect in a robbery on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Officers notified the detective division and after further investigation the juvenile was positively identified as the robbery suspect. Last Thursday, the juvenile pointed a gun at a woman and stole her cell phone. Police Chief Doug Baker again praised the progressive efforts of his officers. “Thanks to their attention to detail and familiarity with offenses in their assigned area we were able to identify a suspect and hold him accountable for a violent crime perpetrated against a citizen. The officers are to be commended for their actions.” Police arrested the juvenile for robbery with a firearm.
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