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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.

 

Segway Rider Threatened with Gun

PHOTO:  ARRESTED:  Daniel E. Hunt, W/M, DOB: 08-09-1950, of 5937 SW 1st. Court, Cape Coral, FL.  CHARGES:  Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.  (Photo Courtesy of LCSO)

PHOTO:  ARRESTED:  Daniel E. Hunt, W/M, DOB: 08-09-1950, of 5937 SW 1st. Court, Cape Coral, FL.  CHARGES:  Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.  (Photo Courtesy of LCSO)

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

 

Segway Rider Threatened with Gun

(July 21, 2014)-  Cape Coral Police arrested a man on Saturday night after he threatened a Segway rider with a gun.  

On 07/19/14, at approximately 7:25 PM,  Hours, Cape Coral Police responded to a Aggravated Assault near the 5900 block of SW 1st Court.  The caller reported that a subject pointed a gun at him.

The victim was in his neighborhood riding his Segway and stopped in an empty lot to admire the view overlooking the water.  Two residents (Daniel Hunt and his girlfriend, Susan Santillo) at 5937 SW 1st Court, just north of the empty lot, took offense to the man being in the lot next to their house and started yelling at him.  The victim then left the area and returned a few minutes later to see if there were any posted “No Trespassing” signs on the empty lot.  Upon the victim's return, the resident (Mr. Hunt) came back outside of his residence, this time armed with a black semi-automatic .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.  Mr. Hunt then confronted the victim (who was in the street and not on anyone's property), pointed the firearm at him with his finger on the trigger, and threatened him.  

The victim immediately left the area while in fear for his life and called the Cape Coral Police Department. Mr. Hunt contended that he had a gun down by his side as he was defending his property. Based on probable cause gleaned from the investigation, Mr. Hunt was arrested and transported to Cape Coral Police Department.  Santillo showed Officers where her firearm was located inside of the residence. Digital photographs were taken and MCU Detective Grau was notified. Hunt was later transported to the Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED:  Daniel E. Hunt, W/M, DOB: 08-09-1950, of 5937 SW 1st. Court, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES:  Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.

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Man Threatens Roommate With Hatchet

PHOTO:  ARRESTED:  Ricky Jay Towne, W/M, DOB: 02-12-1958, of 1122 Patterson Road, Cape Coral, FL.  CHARGES:  Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon (Without Intent to Kill).  (Photo Courtesy of LCSO)

PHOTO:  ARRESTED:  Ricky Jay Towne, W/M, DOB: 02-12-1958, of 1122 Patterson Road, Cape Coral, FL.  CHARGES:  Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon (Without Intent to Kill).  (Photo Courtesy of LCSO)

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

 

Man Threatens Roommate With Hatchet

(July 21, 2014)-  On July 18, 2014 at around 9:00 PM Cape Coral Police responded to a disturbance in progress at 1122 Patterson Road, Cape Coral, Florida. A neighbor called in, stating that a male was chasing another male with a hatchet.

Officers made contact with the victim, who stated that he had gotten into a verbal argument with his friend and roommate, Ricky Towne. Towne then picked up a silver colored hatchet with a strong grip and followed the victim outside the residence. While holding the hatchet in his hand and above his chest Towne told the victim to get off of his property or "I'm going to throw this hatchet at you". The victim stated that Towne was approximately five feet away from him and he was in fear for his life as believed that Towne was going to throw the hatchet at him. The victim also stated that he was afraid police were going to find him dead if we had to respond to the residence again.

According to the caller and witness to incident, who was walking his dog near the scene, he observed Towne chase the victim with a hatchet in his hand holding it up in a threatening manner. The witness stated that Towne was approximately five feet away from the victim and that the victim asked the witness to call 9-1-1 because he was afraid that he was going to get hit with the hatchet. The witness told Towne that he was going to take a picture of him holding the hatchet for the police and Towne responded by throwing the hatchet on the ground in the front swale his residence.

Towne, who appeared highly intoxicated, was read the warning of Miranda from a department issued card. Towne stated that he understood his rights, but did not wish to speak with Officers.

A silver-colored hatchet was found in the front swale of the residence at 1122 Patterson Road. The silver hatchet was photographed and later placed into evidence at the Cape Coral Police Department. Both the victim and the witness identified the hatchet as the same hatchet used in the incident.

Ricky Towne was placed under arrest for Aggravated Assault then transported to the Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED:  Ricky Jay Towne, W/M, DOB: 02-12-1958, of 1122 Patterson Road, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES:  Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon (Without Intent to Kill)

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