August 8, 2017

Social media helps detectives snap up robbery suspects

Three Bonita Springs teenagers, who each have extensive criminal histories, are all in custody this morning after robbing a man yesterday afternoon, then posting the proceeds of their crime on social media.

Around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, the victim agreed to meet with Dakota Wright (DOB 10/2/99) with the intention of purchasing a Louis Vuitton belt for $200.  When Wright and two friends arrived at the Georgia Street location, the victim got into the backseat of the car, at which point Elvis Guzman (DOB 4/17/00) stuck a gun in the victim’s ribcage.  At the same time, Wright exited the car and blocked the door to prevent the victim from escaping.  While being held at gunpoint, Ernesto Ortiz (DOB 6/23/99) reached over and pulled two necklaces and a bracelet off of the victim, before stealing several hundred dollars from his pockets.  The victim was then told to exit the vehicle, and the three teens took off in an unknown direction.

Immediately after the robbery, these three brazen young men tapped into their social media accounts, posting a video on Snapchat bragging about the crime they had just committed, and even displaying the jewelry and cash taken, as well as the gun used during the commission of the robbery.  Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Robbery Unit quickly identified the three teens, due to their prior criminals histories throughout Lee County.  Within a matter of hours, Guzman, Ortiz and Wright were all taken into custody and charged with robbery with a firearm.  Guzman and Wright are currently housed at the Department of Juvenile Justice and Ortiz is being held on $100,000 bond. 

“These three young men are very familiar faces to law enforcement,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “Each one has proven at very early ages that they have absolutely no regard for the law.”

Guzman’s first felony arrest was at age 14 for burglary and grand theft, followed by the possession of cocaine at age 16.  Wright was jailed at 15 for burglary, theft and drugs and Ortiz logged his first felony at age 11 for burglary and grand theft.

Note:  Mugshots of the three teens, as well as the Snapchat video they posted immediately after the crime, are attached to this release.