2 Edison State students arrested in robbery
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County deputies arrested two college students in connection with a robbery at a Walgreen's located at 12749 Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers.
The victim told deputies that a dark colored four-door sedan pulled into the drive thru lane at about 2:30 a.m. She received a note that read the driver had a weapon and to give him narcotics.
The pharmacy technician went towards the filling station and found her cell phone and called law enforcement. After waiting a few minutes the car fled the scene.
A deputy patrolling the area spotted a car fitting the description running a red light at Boy Scout Drive and Summerlin Road about 15 minutes after the crime.
While following the vehicle, in an unmarked vehicle with no lights or siren on, the deputy watched the car gain speed and then lose control in front of Edison State College on Summerlin Road, spinning around in the middle of the roadway.
The vehicle pulled into Edison State College and began to pick up speed running stop signs and jumping speed bumps. The vehicle continued to gain speed and lost control at 13300 Edison Parkway in front of the college dorms and crashed into a Florida Power and Light transformer. The vehicle then tried to back up, but was unable to because it was stuck.
The driver was 18-year-old Michael Gagen. The passenger was 19-year-old Brandon Satterfield. Both, students at Edison State College, were taken into custody. The victim later identified Gagen as the same person who gave her the demand note.
Both men were both charged with robbery without a firearm or weapon.