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Cape Coral Police Warn of Purse-Snatcher; Looking for Suspect

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

 

Cape Coral Police Warn of Purse-Snatcher; Looking for Suspect

(July 24, 2014)-  On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at approximately 9:45 a.m., officers with the Cape Coral Police Department responded to Publix, 1631 Del Prado Boulevard South, in reference to an attempted purse snatching.

According to the elderly victim, she just finished placing her groceries in the back seat of her vehicle when she was approached by a younger, white female.  The female told her she was thirsty and asked if she could have a $1.  The victim offered to walk back into the Publix with her so that she could buy her a drink from the vending machine.  The two walked back inside Publix and approached the vending machine.  The victim had her purse on her shoulder but she was also holding it in front of her.  The victim looked through her purse and wallet for money.  While looking, the female suspect grabbed the victim’s purse and attempted to pull it from her grasp.  Because the elderly victim maintained a hold on her purse, the two fell to the ground.  In the struggle, the victim bit the suspect.  The female suspect then stood back up and fled to the parking lot.  The elderly victim ran to the parking lot and was yelling that she had been robbed.  A witness in the parking lot took out his cell phone and took a picture of the truck the female got into.  

According to a picture taken by a witness in the parking lot, the vehicle appears to be a Black 4-Door Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The Florida license plate is unknown at this time.  The female got into the passenger side of the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle appeared to be a white male.

The victim described the female suspect as white, in her early 20’s, thin build, with long dark hair, wearing a shirt, shorts and sneakers.  In addition, the video shows that the female has a tattoo on her upper right arm, she has her hair in a ponytail and she is wearing a dark colored tank top, shorts and white sneakers.

The elderly victim sustained minor injuries.

Please take a look at the photo and video above.  If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 239-574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip. Go to www.capecops.com/tips or text a tip- text CCPD+"Your Message" to CRIMES (274637). Finally, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

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Cape Coral Police Department Needs Your Help Locating a Missing Endangered Adult

MISSING PERSON:  Orestes Pradere, DOB 9-24-35, 78 years old, of Cape Coral.  He is 5'04", 148 lbs, bald, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jean shorts.

MISSING PERSON:  Orestes Pradere, DOB 9-24-35, 78 years old, of Cape Coral.  He is 5'04", 148 lbs, bald, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jean shorts.

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

 

Cape Coral Police Department Needs Your Help Locating a Missing Endangered Adult

 

(July 24, 2014)-  The Cape Coral Police Department is currently working a missing persons case and needs the public's assistance.  

Orestes Pradere, 78, of Cape Coral was last seen at his residence this morning around 5:00 AM.  He is believed to be driving a 2005 black Chevrolet Cavalier 4 door, FL tag # K201MZ.  Mr. Pradere suffers from Parkinson's disease and has exhibited signs of Alzheimers.  He has difficulty standing and walking on his own and normally uses a cane, which he left at home.  Pradere is possibly en route to see his daughter in Miami.  He is able to speak some English but prefers Spanish.

NAME:  Orestes Pradere
RACE/SEX:  H/M
DOB: 9-24-35
HEIGHT:  5'04"
WEIGHT:  148 lbs.
HAIR:  Bald
CLOTHING:  Last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jean shorts.

FDLE has been notified for a Silver Alert activation.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Orestes Pradere, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 239-574-3223.

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CASE UPDATE: 2013 Attempted Murder Suspect Sentenced

PHOTO:  Suspect Jonathan Edwards pled to Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm for an August 2013 shooting that severely injured one person in SW Cape Coral.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Suspect Jonathan Edwards pled to Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm for an August 2013 shooting that severely injured one person in SW Cape Coral.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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

 

CASE UPDATE:  2013 Attempted Murder Suspect Sentenced

 

(July 22, 2014)-  A suspect in a 2013 Attempted Murder in SW Cape Coral has been sentenced to prison.

Suspect Jonathan Edwards pled to the original charge, Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm (causing great bodily harm), and was sentenced to 10 years DOC (day-for-day time due to 10-20-LIFE law), followed by 10 years probation.

Edwards was arrested days after a shooting in the 500 block of SW 47th terrace left Jamar Martin, then 20 years old, in critical condition.

"We are heartened by the outcome of this case, where a dangerous individual such as Edwards will be off the streets of SW Florida for the next decade.  We are also thankful for the public's assistance in this apprehension.  The quick response to Police calls for tips in this case was of tremendous assistance."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

Original release after the break.

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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 Make Arrest in Weekend Shooting

(September 4, 2013)-  Cape Coral Police Detectives have arrested Jonathan Baer Edwards, 30, on charges of Attempted Murder stemming from a shooting last Saturday night.

On Saturday August 31st, Cape Coral Police began investigating a shooting incident that left Jamar Martin, 20, in critical condition. Jamar and another man were traveling in a car when they pulled into a car port at 505 SW 47th Terrace.

 A suspect got into the back seat of the car and pulled a handgun on the driver and Martin. The suspect fired the gun several times, striking Martin twice. The driver exited the car and fled on foot as well as the shooter. Martin stumbled to Cape Coral Parkway and flagged down a motorist who called police. 

After a composite sketch was released, police began receiving multiple tips identifying Edwards as the shooter. One of the tips placed Jonathan Baer Edwards in the area of the shooting at the same date and time of the incident. He was seen driving away from the scene in a reckless manner, even hitting bushes as he drove away damaging his car. An eye-witness identified Edwards as the shooter from a photo line-up.

On September 3rd at 8pm, Edwards was observed running a stop sign by officers. During a traffic stop, a Police K9 alerted to narcotics in his car.  Edwards was arrested for possession of drugs without a prescription and transported to Cape Coral Police Headquarters for questioning about the shooting. Edwards’ car had scratches and damage consistent with striking bushes, as described by the anonymous tipster.

Jonathan Baer Edwards was placed under arrest for Attempted Murder and taken to the Lee County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.