CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
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1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Cape Coral Police Detectives Make Arrest in Road Rage Incident
(June 13, 2014)- On June 12, 2014, at approximately 6:45 PM, Cape Coral Police Officers were dispatched to 2800 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida in reference to shots fired.
Upon arrival, Officers met with victim, who reported that he was riding his bike when a vehicle went by him at a high rate of speed. When he got next to the car at the stop light, he told the driver he needed to slow down. The driver began yelling and threatening the victim. Munn rode away when the light changed and the vehicle swerved towards him and cut in front of him. The driver got out and began threatening to beat up the victim. Three other motorists witnessed the victim being threatened. They feared for his safety and stopped to assist him.
A female passenger was in the suspect vehicle and she moved to the driver seat and she began yelling to the male got into the car. The male got into the passenger seat and as they drove by, the male pointed a semi-automatic handgun towards them and then fired 4 shots into the air. As the vehicle turned south onto Santa Barbara Boulevard, the male turned and fired a shot at the four victims. One of the victims reported that he heard the bullet go past him very close. One of the motorists followed the suspect vehicle and lost it in the 100 block of SE 30th Street. The vehicle was described as a maroon Ford Fusion, 4-door, with GA license plate. All of the involved parties reported that they were in fear of being shot.
Cape Coral Police Officers, including the Street Crimes Unit (SCU) began searching for the vehicle and suspect that the victim's described. A similar vehicle was located backed into the driveway at 325 SE 30th Street. When officers approached they noticed that the license was the same as described by the victims. A subject came outside of 325 SE 30th Street and when he saw officers near the residence, he ran back inside and then re-exited. Officers detained the subject and eventually (after a perimeter was established on the house and the Cape Coral Police Department SWAT team responded) the other occupants exited the residence after multiple requests.
"Show-ups" were conducted and 3 of the victims positively identified one of the males as being the person who shot a firearm at them and fled the scene, the fourth victim was able to partially identify the subject by description. The male was identified as: Pascual Ruiz III,W/M, DOB: 11-8-85, of 408 NE 24th Avenue, Cape Coral. The residence and vehicle were secured pending the issuance of a search warrant.
Based upon the investigation Ruiz was placed under arrest for four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm/Deadly Weapon F.S.S. 784.021(1a) - Felony of the Third Degree (one count against each victim) and later transported to LCJ in apparent good health.
ARRESTED: Pascual Ruiz III, W/M, DOB: 11-8-85, of 408 NE 24th Avenue, Cape Coral
CHARGES: Four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm/Deadly Weapon F.S.S. 784.021(1a) - Felony of the Third Degree (one count against each victim)