Second teen arrested after Wendy's robbery
CREATED Feb. 9, 2013
Fort Myers -- A second teenager is now charged in connection with Thursday's Wendy's robbery in Fort Myers Shores.
The 16-year-old, who Fox 4 is not naming because he is a minor, was arrested Friday night in Fort Myers. He is a long time friend of the other teen who was arrested Thursday.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office says witness statements and video surveillance confirm the second suspect was with the first suspect arrested during the robbery.
Both teens have been turned over to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and face multiple charges including robbery with a firearm, kidnapping, carjacking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Deputies responded to the Wendy's after a caller said an armed man tried to carjack him when he was attempting to pick up a worker at the restaurant after it closed. The victim was able to get away as one of the teens fired a round from the gun at the car.
Deputies moved in as one of the suspects was seen running from the restaurant. He was able to get away initially, while the other teen re-entered the restaurant and continued to rob employees. As he tried to leave the restaurant, a deputy confronted him and demanded he drop his weapon. When the teen refused, the deputy shot at the teen but the bullet missed him. After a deputy fired a second shot at the teen, he finally dropped his weapon but continued to struggle as deputies arrested him.
The investigation continues into the likelihood the teens are responsible for at least two other robberies over the past week. Additionally, his accomplice or accomplices are still be sought at this time. If anyone has information on identity and whereabouts of his associate(s), please call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477).