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Suspect in 2014 Aggravated Battery Sentenced

(April 20, 2015)-  A suspect who rammed the car of and pointed a gun at a newspaper delivery person back on July 11, 2014, has been sentenced.

Andres Ponti (W/M, DOB: 07-19-1958, of 231 Rue Labonne Rd., Fort Myers) was arrested on July 11, 2014 on charges of Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, and Criminal Mischief after Cape Coral Police determined that Ponti rammed a vehicle of a newspaper delivery person and then threatened the delivery driver with a gun when they got out of their vehicle to confront him.  The incident occurred off of Rose Garden Road, near Tarpon Point.

Ponti claimed to be a private investigator who was contracted by a local resident to investigate a suspicious vehicle that was revving its engine in the area.  Point told Officers that he hit the vehicle to prevent it from escaping and he only displayed the firearm when confronted by the driver.

On April 14, 2015, Andres Ponti pled to False Imprisonment, Simple Battery, and Criminal Mischief.  He was sentenced by the court and received the following:

False Imprisonment 3rd Degree Felony:

  • 48 mos probation
  • $413 court costs
  • $100 cost of prosecution
  • $100 public def fees
  • $310.05 defense counsel fee
  • $1500 restitution ot victim Fletcher Crawford along with a no contact order
  • DNA sample ordered
  • Anger management course
  • Forfeit firearm to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office due to the adjudication on the felony charge…State will seek that the defendant to lose his CCW along with his PI License (to be determined at a later date)

Simple Battery-1st Degree Misdemeanor and Criminal Mischief less than $1000 more than $200:

  • 12 months concurrent probation all to be under State Probation
  • adjudication on both misdemeanors 
  • No early term of probation allowed 

 

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Single-Vehicle Crash Overnight in North Cape Coral Leaves One Dead

(April 20, 2015)-  Cape Coral Police are working an overnight fatality crash that happened at Burnt Store Road and Durden Parkway this morning. Officers found the car overturned on the side of road and the female driver was found inside of the vehicle, deceased. Cape Coral Police Major Crash Investigator and Victim Advocates responded to assist.

Preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: April 20, 2015
TIME: 2:56 a.m.
LOCATION: 4200-Block of Burnt Store Road North
CR#: 15-006571

VEHICLE # 1:  a blue 2013 Chevrolet Sonic.
DRIVER # 1:  Cindy Lou Gutierrez, W/F, 51 of Jacksonville,  Florida. 
DRIVER # 1 INJURIES:  Gutierrez was pronounced deceased on scene of the traffic crash.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle # 1 was northbound on Burnt Store Road North.  In the 4200 block, for unknown reasons, Vehicle # 1 left the roadway to the right and entered a vacant field. Shortly after leaving the roadway, Vehicle # 1 traveled down an embankment; Vehicle # 1 then struck the  embankment on the opposite side and became airborne.  After landing, Vehicle # 1 began to roll over several times and came to final rest on the hood of the vehicle, south of Durden Parkway.

The driver of Vehicle # 1, who was not seat belted, was pronounced deceased on the scene

Due to injuries, a Major Crash Investigation has been started. Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigator, Forensic Technician, and Victim Advocate responded.  The next-of-kin has been notified.  This traffic crash is believed to be alcohol/drug related, however final determination is pending autopsy results.  At this time, there is no indication that any other vehicle was involved and appears to be a single car traffic crash.

***There are 4 traffic fatalities and 18 MCI usages in our city in 2015. (There are 0 fatalities that are ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash. These 0 "medical" fatalities are not included in the number of traffic fatalities).***

Breakdown of the past 5 years FYI:

  • 2015= 4 Traffic fatalities (19 MCI usages- Motorcycle 5, Pedestrian 5, Bicycle 3)
  • 2014= 11 Traffic fatalities (40 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)
  • 2013= 14 Traffic fatalities (43 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical ruled deaths)
  • 2012= 10 Traffic fatalities (21 MCI usages)
  • 2011= 11 Traffic fatalities (24 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical and 1 suicide ruled deaths)
  • 2010= 9 Traffic fatalities (22 MCI usages)
PHOTO:  Picture of Cape Coral Police Patrol Car outside of crime scene tape at a serious injury crash.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Picture of Cape Coral Police Patrol Car outside of crime scene tape at a serious injury crash.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Cape Coral Police Department Annual Victims' Candlelight Ceremony Thursday, April 23, 2015

(April 7, 2015)-  The Cape Coral Police Department's Annual Candlelight Ceremony is set for Thursday April 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM at Police Headquarters.

The ceremony is hosted by the Cape Coral Police Department's Victim Assistance Unit and is aimed at remembering loved ones who have passed. Survivors will be in attendance where they will display a photo of their loved ones.

If you plan on attending to honor a lost loved one, please bring a framed picture of him or her. You are encouraged to call the Victim Assistance Unit to RSVP at 239-574-0653.

Click the link below to download a PDF of the invitation.

Candlelight Ceremony Invitation (PDF)

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341