If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or click the Submit a Tip button to anonymously provide information. We want your information, not your name! We will pay a cash reward of up to $3,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.
"FACES OF FIDEL"STATUS
January 22, 2024
The many faces of murder suspect Fidel Fletcher have been released to Crime Stoppers. It's time to bring this fugitive to justice. Fidel is still on the run after allegedly killing his wife on December 27 and today, we are adding Fidel to our Top 10 Most Wanted.
SWFL Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $3,000 and the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force is offering $5,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Ensure he faces the consequences of his actions.
Burglary & Grand TheftSTATUS
January 15, 2024
On Sunday, December 31, 2023, at approximately 9:05 p.m., the suspects in the attached images cut the lock off a construction trailer located on the 2400 block of First Street in Fort Myers. The suspects entered the trailer and removed over $1,700.00 worth of tools.
Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspects are asked to contact SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or the Fort Myers Police Department.
Arcade Robbery - Can you identify them?STATUS
January 15, 2024
On Sunday, January 14, 2024, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a call for service in reference to a business robbery at the Arcade 777 located at 8711 Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers. The images of the suspects were taken from security footage in the area. The suspects fled in a maroon SUV.
Anyone with information is urged to contact SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. You will remain anonymous and eligible for a cash reward of up to $3000.
Man hunt continues for murder suspectSTATUS
January 08, 2024
It's been more than two weeks since Fletcher went on the run after being accused of killing a Port Charlotte mother of two, Nicole Gates. He definitely has ties to Charlotte County, but also has connections in DeSoto County, specifically Arcadia, where he may have fled to. We need the community's eyes and ears to help find him! And we want to send a warning to anyone who is helping him lay low from the law.... aiding a fugitive may also land YOU behind bars, so don't do this guy any favors. The victim's family is pleading with the community for help finding him. This is a message direct from Nickie Gates' sister: "Nickie was a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a daughter. Those girls are five and six years old, and will live the rest of their life with no parents. All they had left was their mom and he took that from them. He took so much from us and we deserve peace. And until he is found, we won't have that. We can't even begin to grieve and mourn her loss because he is still out there."
Please, help Nickie's family out and send us any tips you have on Fletcher's whereabouts. Call us 24/7 at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477), online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com
or on the P3 Tips app. We're offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, and the US Marshals have added $5,000 to the reward!
Fatal hit and run on State Road 80STATUS
January 07, 2024
Hit and run vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on January 6, 2024, around 7:25 p.m., at the intersection of Palm Beach Boulevard and Fairfax Drive in Fort Myers. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver fled the scene.
Maybe you were in the area at the time and saw the incident... if so, please contact SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips may also be made online or on the P3 Tips mobile app. Cash reward possible!
Creep caught with child pornSTATUS
September 14, 2023
Crime Stoppers needs your help tracking down a Port Charlotte man who was found with more than 110 explicit images of child pornography on his cellphone. Detectives are on the hunt for Christopher Andrew Post (DOB 1/3/78) after receiving information earlier this year that Post was in possession of a vast collection of the disgusting criminal material. An investigation, to include the seizure of Post’s phone, turned up 113 pictures and videos of very young children engaging in sexual abuse activities with an adult male. A warrant for Post’s arrest was issued in mid-August and since that time, he’s gone off the radar. Detectives say Post has lived in both Port Charlotte and North Port and may have connections there who are helping him hide out. We definitely need your tips ASAP to take this guy off the streets!
If you have any information on his whereabouts, we’re here 24/7 to take your anonymous tips at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477), www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or on the P3 Tips app. If your information leads to his arrest, we’ll pay a cash reward!
HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER & TRUCK SOUGHT
August 23, 2023
On Sunday, July 30, 2023, at approximately 4:35 p.m., three vehicles were traveling southbound on Beau Drive in North Fort Myers. As they were approaching Marinatown Lane, a motorcycle was struck by a black older model pickup truck.
Simultaneously, another motorcyclist looked back, leading to the loss of control of their motorcycle, which then overturned and slid to a final rest on the road.
The black truck responsible for the crash has not been found. If you know ANYTHING about the driver of this truck, please call us at 1-800-780-TIPS. 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 on the P3 Tips mobile app.
SEVERAL COWS SHOT ON A CHARLOTTE COUNTY FARM
August 15, 2023
Crime Stoppers is hoping to hear from anyone with information on the person or persons who shot several cows in Charlotte County last month. On July 19th, around 1 a.m. several cows on private property were shot by a passer-by, some of whom later died from their injuries. The cows had recently been moved to a different part of the pasture, and within several hours ended up with gunshot wounds. Detectives say the suspects were likely driving on ATVs or off-road vehicles at the time.
Crime Stoppers is hoping to hear from anyone who may have heard or seen suspicious persons in the area that evening, or who have overheard information about the suspects who shot the cows. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information on this case, and an anonymous donor is offering an additional reward of up to $10,000.
Anyone with information is asked to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or on the P3 Tips mobile app.
Tips needed in unsolved murder of Bonita momSTATUS
April 20, 2023
Tomorrow, April 21st, will mark five years since a Bonita Springs mother was murdered while shielding her four year old son from gunfire, and Crime Stoppers is hopeful that anonymous tips about this heinous act of violence will finally lead to an arrest.
Destiney Bocanegra was standing outside a home near Matheson Avenue and Goodwin Street with her son and boyfriend when an unknown assailant drove by and shot in their direction. Bocanegra, who was pregnant with her second child, dove in front of her son to protect him, and ended up being fatally shot in the process. Her boyfriend was also shot and sustained critical injuries, however survived the attack.
In the five years since the murder, detectives have investigated every tip that's come in, however her killer is still at large.
"We are very confident that there are people in our community, particularly in Bonita Springs, who know more than they've shared about Destiney's case," said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Manager. "Five years has passed and we don't want Destiney's family to have to endure one more year without answers or justice. It's never too late to step up and do the right thing for her family, and especially for her son Mikey."
Tips can be made to Crime Stoppers 24/7 by calling 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or on the P3 Tips app.
Manhunt ends in LehighSTATUS
April 19, 2023
One of Southwest Florida’s Crime Stoppers Most Wanted fugitives is finally back behind bars after nearly two years on the run. Alfonzo aka “Champ” Churchwell, 46, wanted on a federal probation violation based on charges of possession of a firearm, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding and filing a false police report, was arrested at a residence in Lehigh Acres on April 18, 2023.
Churchwell was previously featured on Southwest Florida’s Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted, and the U.S. Marshals Service had offered a $10,000 reward
“Churchwell’s arrest is testament that time eventually expires for these fugitives and that law enforcement, and the community, is always keeping their eyes open,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Manager. “The US Marshals worked relentlessly to find Churchwell and we know that our community is now much safer that he’s behind bars.”
Anyone with information on a wanted fugitive 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.
Manhunt widens for alleged drug traffickerSTATUS
January 10, 2023
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers needs the public's help tracking down a Hendry County fugitive accused of trafficking more than 48 pounds of fentanyl and 380 pounds of meth throughout the state of Florida.
Efren Berumen, Jr. (DOB 4/12/83) has been eluding law enforcement for his role in a massive drug operation that has already resulted in the arrest of 25 individuals. Operation 13 Tiers was announced last fall after investigators revealed that Carlos Martinez, a Florida prison inmate, and his co-conspirators were instructing gang members with information to move large shipments of narcotics across the United States and into Florida for distribution. Over the course of the investigation, local, state and federal agents seized large shipments to include the fentanyl, meth, heroin, morphine, 45 guns, $150,000 cash and 15,000 additional fentanyl pills. Investigators allege Martinez used a cell phone from behind bars to give orders to 24 of his co-conspirators - all of whom have been arrested and charged with more than 60 first-degree felonies of drug trafficking and violent crimes, to include conspiracy to commit murder. Berumen is the sole suspect who has managed to evade capture since a warrant for his arrest was issued in Hendry County last August.
"Efren Berumen is accused of playing a key role in the distribution of these highly lethal drugs into communities across our state," said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Manager. "While it is a win that nearly all of the other individuals involved have been arrested, it is of paramount importance that Berumen is brought into custody so that we can be assured that he isn't continuing to peddle dangerous drugs into nearly every crevice of the state."
Detectives say Berumen has ties to Southwest Florida, but could be laying low in Tampa, Orlando or Miami to keep himself from going to prison. He often is referred to by his street name of "Brownie." Anyone who has seen Berumen, or has information on his whereabouts, 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 on the P3 Tips app.
Tips needed to ID suspicious males lurking around several jewelry storesSTATUS
December 16, 2022
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help identifying two men who appear to be working in tandem tampering power breakers at several local jewelry stores.
The first incident was reported on December 3rd at Bradley's Fine Jewelers, located at 14260 S. Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers. Shortly after 8 p.m., an unknown male went to the back of the business and began inspecting the businesses power meters, while appearing to be speaking to someone on the phone. After employees left for the night, the male went to the power breaker and turned off the power to the business. Fortunately, no entry was gained into the business. The next day, on December 4th, an unidentified person turned off the breaker at Tio's Jewelry, located at 110 NE 2nd Place in Cape Coral, after the store closed for the evening. Again, no entry was made into the building. Surveillance cameras did not capture images of the person involved, but did spot a white sedan that the person of interest was likely driving.
On December 5th, the same male spotted at Bradley's Fine Jewelers two days prior was seen on camera at Noe's Jewelry, located at 4808 Cape Coral Street in downtown Cape Coral. Video shows the male walking around the rear of the business and looking at the circuit breakers. He spent only a few minutes at the breaker panel before he left. He was wearing the same Adidas ball cap and Nike Air Maxx shoes as he did in the December 3rd incident. Then, two days later on December 7th, a suspicious male was observed on security cameras behind Noe's Jewelry again. The male pulled on the power breaker locks in the same location as the male who was there previously. This individual appeared to be on the phone for the entire time that he was casing out the establishment.
Detectives believe that both males are working as a team. Both men appear to be well disciplined enough to wear gloves during the incidents. Over the past few months, several business burglaries have occurred in Central Florida using the same tactics, and it is possible that these two men could be associated with that operation. Anyone with information on the identity of either of these males 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 on the P3 Tips app.
Tips needed to solve murder of Trenesa Roberts
December 09, 2022
Tomorrow will mark four years since a Lehigh Acres mother was gunned down in front of her home, and Crime Stoppers needs the public's help identifying her killer.
Trenesa Roberts left her Quentin Avenue S. home around 6:30 a.m. on December 10, 2018 on her way to work as a Lee County bus monitor. However after taking just a few steps from her front door, an unknown assailant shot her, leaving her for dead in her yard. Over the last four years, investigators have looked into every lead, however her case still remains unsolved. Trenesa left behind four children, as well as many family members and close friends who are still hoping to get closure.
"We know that people have talked amongst themselves about this case, but we've yet to receive the anonymous tip that can move it closer to an arrest," said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Manager. "We are confident there are people in our community who know far more than they've shared to this point. Four years have passed, and we are hopeful that Trenesa's family doesn't have to go another year without answers and without seeing justice for a woman they loved and admired so much."
Anyone with information on the murder of Trenesa Roberts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or on the P3 Tips app. All callers will remain anonymous and if a tip leads to an arrest, we'll pay a cash reward of $3,000.
Armed Robbery in LehighSTATUS
November 16, 2022
During the early morning hours of November 16, 2022, an armed robbery occurred at the 7-Eleven located at 55 Joel Boulevard in Lehigh Acres. The suspect entered the victim's vehicle brandishing a firearm and demanded the victim's cash. The suspect took the victims debit card and fled the scene.
Anyone with information is urged to contact SWFL Crime Stoppers. You will remain anonymous and eligible for a cash reward of up to $3000.
Searching for suspects in Family Dollar robberySTATUS
October 18, 2022
On October 17, 2022, at approximately 8:21 p.m., Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an in-progress robbery at the Family Dollar located at 3519 Lee Boulevard in Lehigh.
A black male whose face was covered and wearing black shirt and blue shirt and a black male wearing a blue hoodie, black pants and white shoes entered the business and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect threatened to shoot the victim if he did not comply. No weapon was displayed. The suspect in the black shirt went behind the counter and took undisclosed amount of money from the register and also entered an enclosed glass cabinet and removed several packs of Newport cigarettes. Both suspects left the business heading westbound.
Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspects are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. 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 on the P3Tips mobile app.
Written threat of violence at The Alva SchoolSTATUS
March 02, 2022
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for students to speak up following a written threat of violence at The Alva School on Tuesday afternoon.
At the end of the school day on March 1st, janitors at the Alva School found a concerning message written on the wall of the middle school boy’s restroom. Deputies were immediately notified and performed a full sweep of the school, with negative results. Crime Stoppers and school officials are now hoping that students will do the right thing and share whatever information they have on who made the written threat. Students and parents reporting information to Crime Stoppers will always remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward. But most importantly, sharing that information is a critical role in helping keep our schools safe.
Making a false threat of violence can be punishable with a felony charge, a consequence which can have lasting negative impacts for students. Crime Stoppers encourages parents to have open lines of communication with their students about the consequences of making false threats, as well as the importance of reporting information anonymously about students making these false threats.
Anyone with information on the person responsible for The Alva School threat 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 on the P3Tips mobile app.
Reporting threats is key to keeping schools safeSTATUS
February 14, 2022
As the nation takes pause today to reflect on the four years that have passed since the deadly shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Crime Stoppers is encouraging parents to sit down with their students to discuss the importance of reporting suspicious activity or threats of violence on campus.
When students hear of threats being made in their schools, or when they become aware of peers with weapons or plans to incite violence, there is only one truly anonymous place to report that information - Crime Stoppers. Students can use the hotline, the website or the user-friendly mobile app to report information quickly. Once an anonymous tip is received, it is immediately sent to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or school to be investigated, 24/7. All tips remain 100 percent anonymous, so students have no fear of retaliation for reporting the information. There is also reward money for tips that lead to some type of school action. There are no other sources that can provide that level of anonymity.
Additionally, though unfortunate, school districts throughout Southwest Florida are seeing an increasing number of threats of violence or harm being made by students on campus. While most of these incidents have been determined to be fake, every single threat must been treated with the highest priority and fully investigated by law enforcement to ensure the safety of students. Some students have been arrested for making these fake threats, charged with felony crimes that will stymie their efforts in the future to secure good jobs or even spots in the college of their choice. It is equally important in these circumstances that students come forward, anonymously, with information on the students perpetrating these fake threats.
Communication is key to ensure that threats are being reported on a timely basis, and that students responsible for making false threats are held responsible for their actions.
"On this day especially, we encourage parents to have the conversation with their students on why it's critical that they speak up and report what they know about these crimes to Crime Stoppers," said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. "The timely sharing of that information could be key to halting a heartbreaking disaster."
The Crime Stoppers hotline can be accessed 24/7 at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or on the P3 Tips mobile app. All callers are guaranteed anonymity and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.
Man wanted in early morning armed robberySTATUS
January 17, 2022
On January 17, 2022, at approximately 4:00 a.m., the suspect entered the 7-Eleven located at 1626 Meadow Road in Lehigh Acres. The suspect showed the victim a firearm hidden in the front pocket of a hoodie-sweatshirt as the suspect demanded the money from the cash register. The victim complied and the suspect immediately fled on foot with approximately $50.00 in cash.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, and a thin build with short hair. The suspect was wearing a surgical mask, a gray hoodie, dark sweatpants and white/gray shoes.
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 on the P3Tips mobile app.
UPDATE - Suspects sought after airsoft gun attackSTATUS
December 13, 2021
** UPDATE # 1 **
Two arrested in connection to Whiskey Creek shooting
ORIGINAL RELEASE: DECEMBER 13, 2021
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help tracking down a vehicle which was involved in an airsoft gun shooting in the Whiskey Creek community Sunday evening.
Just before 6 p.m. on December 12th, the victim was walking her dog in the area of Whiskey Creek Drive when a white sedan with four black male passengers pulled up and fired multiple rounds of plastic pellets at the victim. The vehicle fled the scene and the victim was treated for minor injuries. The vehicle is believed to have an aftermarket spoiler and could be a Toyota.
Anyone who was in that area around 6 p.m. last night and recognizes the vehicle, or has any information on the suspects, 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 on the P3 Tips mobile app.
Attempted Robbery by Sudden SnatchingSTATUS
December 02, 2021
The individual is a suspect for in attempted robbery by sudden snatching, which occurred on December 1, 2021, at 10801 Corkscrew Road in Estero. An unknown black male requested to look at jewelry in Saks Off Fifth Ave. When the store clerk took the jewelry from the case, the male reached over and grabbed two necklaces from the clerk's hands. The male suspect attempted to leave the store with over $40,000 in jewelry, but several store clerks intervened. A fight ensued and the clerks were able to get the jewelry back.
The suspect is described as a black male, wearing teal scrubs and a medical mask. The male fled the store and ran north bound through the Springs apartment complex.
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 southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or on the P3Tips mobile app.
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