Cape Coral Police Officers arrested two suspects in connection with ongoing thefts from BJ's located at 1929 Northeast Pine Island Road. Over the past several days, suspects have been stealing video games from BJ's and taking the stolen games to Play-N-Trade across the street, to sell for money. In excess of $2000 worth of merchandise has been stolen in the past week. While officers were in the area conducting a follow-up investigation on the thefts, the suspects were located, one was in the act of committing another retail theft, and a foot pursuit ensued.
The foot pursuit took place on Pine Island Road and through crowded business parking lots at lunchtime. Despite being issued repeated verbal commands, the suspect refused to stop. The pursing officer deployed his Taser in an attempt to stop the fleeing suspect, but it was ineffective.
Another officer maneuvered a patrol vehicle into the vacant field where the ongoing foot pursuit was happening. The suspect and the patrol vehicle collided and the suspect was taken into custody. He was later taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was medically cleared then later to Lee County Jail.
The second suspect, who was acting as a look-out, was located sitting on a bench and was taken into custody without incident.
David Joseph Tyrell
W/M, DOB: 06-15-1984
Retail Theft (Felony), Resisting Without Violence
Ronald Arthur Nelson
W/M, DOB: 01-13-1981
Retail Theft (Felony)
Investigation is currently ongoing and additional charges are pending.