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Five teens charged in early morning robbery

June 12, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Five teenagers are in custody, charged with robbing a Lehigh Acres convenience store.

Lee County deputies were called to the H&K Food Mart, at 1490 Lee Boulevard, at approximately 3:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. They met with a store employee who told them while he was working inside, four unknown males wearing masks or clothing over their faces entered the store. The males demanded cash and other miscellaneous items. They also confronted a patron inside the store and demanded his money.

The robbers were seen fleeing the area in a small silver vehicle.

Responding deputies observed a vehicle fitting that description travelling south on Homestead Road at a high rate of speed. Deputies attempted a traffic stop but the driver did not stop. Deputies pursued the vehicle until it lost control at the intersection of East 5th Street and Glenn Avenue and crashed into a wooded area. Occupants from the car bailed and fled the scene, officials said. Deputies rushed to the aid of a female who was pinned inside the vehicle screaming for help. Deputies were able to free the injured female from the vehicle and provide first aid. She was transported to the hospital where she was treated and released.

Inside the vehicle deputies recovered cash, masks, gloves and a Smith & Wesson BB gun, officials said.

An extensive canvas of the area was conducted for several hours using deputies and K-9 on the ground as well as the Aviation Unit. During the search, deputies located and detained five males hiding in the area. Information gathered during the interviews as well as the physical evidence located at the scene prompted arrests of the individuals.

The following were arrested and charged:

- Norberto Gonzalez, 16, of 629 South Summit Avenue, Lehigh Acres, charged with Robbery without a Firearm and Wearing a mask during the Commission of a Felony.

- John Francisco, 17, of 2204 Brandon Street, Fort Myers, charged with Robbery without a Firearm and Wearing a mask during the Commission of a Felony.

- Jason Acevedo, 16, of 735 SW 6th Street, Cape Coral, charged with Robbery without a Firearm and Wearing a mask during the Commission of a Felony.

- Cole Wessel, 16, of 3020 Sunset Road, Fort Myers, charged with Robbery without a Firearm and Wearing a mask during the Commission of a Felony.

- Alexander Joassaint, 17, of 3404 SW 41st Street, Lehigh Acres, charged with Robbery without a Firearm.

Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office

 
 

 

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