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Friends of youth in robbery sought; public asked to help

February 14, 2013
CITIZEN STAFF REPORT (mtoadvine@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Two 16-year-old Fort Myers teenagers have been charged in connection with an early morning armed robbery of a fast food restaurant in Riverdale.

Kristian Steven Foster of 15631 Sunny Crest Lane has been charged with multiple counts in the violent felony crime which began with a 911 call last Thursday at 1:51 a.m. Deputies responded to the Wendy's restaurant located on Buckingham Road, in Riverdale, not far from Lehigh Acres.

Also arrested Friday was Anthony Ross-Spagone, who is also accused of taking part in the robbery.

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Kristian Steven Foster

The Sheriff's Office was called by a man who said he came into contact with an armed teenager who tried to carjack him while he was attempting to pick up an employee of the restaurant after closing.

The man was able to drive away and Foster is accused of using a handgun to shoot at the car. The man was not injured in the incident, according to Lt. Larry King, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies converged in rapid succession with one of two suspects seen running south from the business. He was described as a Hispanic male wearing all black and was able to elude capture.

Meanwhile, Foster had re-entered the restaurant and continued to rob employees of their personal valuables, as well as cash from the restaurant, investigators said.

As he left through the door on the east side of the building, he is accused of displaying his gun and a deputy ordered him to drop it. When the suspect refused, the deputy was forced to shoot, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said the round missed Foster who ran back into the restaurant and fled through the door on the west side, where again he failed to surrender his gun immediately and was fired upon again by the deputy.

Officials said Foster dropped his gun, but he continued to resist arrest.

After a short struggle, Foster was handcuffed and put inside a patrol car. He was positively identified as one of the robbers, investigators said.

As a result, he was charged with a long list of infractions that included three counts of robbery with a firearm, three counts kidnapping, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of shooting into an occupied conveyance, one count of resisting arrest, one count of carjacking with a firearm, one count of wearing a mask to conceal his identity, and one count of being engaged in criminal offense having a weapon.

Anthony Ross-Spagone was also charged with three counts of robbery with a firearm, three counts of kidnapping, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of carjacking with a firearm, one count of wearing a mask to conceal his identity and a final count of engaging in criminal offense having a weapon. Both youths were turned over to the Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice for processing.

Investigators believe there is the likelihood that Foster is responsible for at least two other robberies last week.

If anyone has information connecting the pair to other robberies, they are encouraged to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477).

Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org via text to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD or through the TipSubmit app on any Smart phone.

 
 

 

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