**UPDATE**

As a result of several anonymous Crime Stoppers tips, coupled with thorough investigative work, detectives arrested Brandon Francisque (DOB 9/3/95) early this morning in connection with the December robbery in Lehigh Acres.  Francisque has been formally charged with robbery with a firearm, kidnapping/false imprisonment, sexual assault, grand theft, property damage and two counts of burglary.

“We appreciate the tipsters who came forward to share what they knew about this case and Mr. Francisque’s alleged involvement,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “We’re sure the victim will rest easier this evening knowing that his accused assailant is finally behind bars.”

Francisque is currently being held without bond in the Lee County Jail.

 

 

January 1, 2019

Armed suspect hides in car, robs Lehigh man

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down an armed suspect accused of robbing a Lehigh Acres man in his own car.

The victim said he drove to the 7-Eleven convenience store, located on Sunshine Boulevard and SR 82, around 5 a.m. on Monday, December 17th to purchase a drink.  When he returned to his car, an unknown black male was sitting in the rear passenger seat, brandishing a firearm.  The suspect demanded the victim’s money and cell phone, however all he had was his phone on him.  Insisting that he wanted cash, the suspect forced the victim to drive to a Chase Bank several miles away and withdraw $800 in cash.  After handing over the money, the victim was ordered to drive back into Lehigh and drop the suspect off on SR 82 near Sunshine Boulevard.  The victim was told to remain seated in the car, with his head on the steering wheel, until the suspect had enough time to leave the area on foot.  Once the man was gone, the victim drove home and called 9-1-1.

Detectives believe a man captured on surveillance video just prior to the robbery is the suspect in this case.  Now, they hope someone will be able to identify and help locate him.  Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.