CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Cape Coral Police Apprehend Armed Robbery Suspects
(June 19, 2014)- Cape Coral Police have apprehended two armed robbery suspects who held up a Family Dollar store in SW Cape Coral at gunpoint.
Just before 9:00 PM last night, Cape Coral Police officers were dispatched to the Family Dollar Store located at 2614 Skyline Blvd, Cape Coral, Lee County FL. in reference to a robbery in progress (Cape Coral Police Department Case #14-010045).
A witness stated that she was walking out of the store and noticed two black males entering as she was leaving and they appeared to be wearing masks. She got into her vehicle where she could see into the store through the windows. The witness stated that she could see one of the males with a handgun and it looked like they were robbing the store. The witness called 911 and continued to watch the store. She watched as the two black males exited the store and ran around the back of the building and got into a vehicle and drove away. The witness followed the vehicle as it headed south toward SW 28th St and then took a left turn and headed toward Skyline Blvd. The suspect vehicle took a left onto Skyline Blvd and headed north toward Veteran's Parkway. At this time police were in the area and had the suspect vehicle and sight. The witness then turned around and returned to the store and waited for police to arrive.
The store manager was working in the store as it was about to close when two black males entered the store with their heads and faces covered and carrying handguns. The store manager stated that the two suspects threatened to kill him and his employee if they did not open the safe and give them the money. He also stated that he was hit in the head with a gun multiple times as he was trying to cooperate with the suspects. he finally got the money out and the males placed it in a bag and fled the store.
A store employee stated that she was in the process of closing the store when two black males entered the store and robbed it at gun point. The suspects both stated over and over that if they did not cooperate they would kill both her and the manager and that one of the suspects hit the manager multiple times on the head with a gun. The suspects got the money from the safe and both registers and fled. Both the manager and the employee stated that they were in fear for their lives. More than $300 but less than $5000.00 was removed from the store during the robbery.
Officers observed the suspect vehicle as described by the witness as it was pulling onto Skyline Blvd. and heading north. They turned on their lights and sirens in an attempt to pull the vehicle over. The vehicle pulled away at a high rate of speed in an attempt to flee the officers. As the vehicle was heading toward the intersection of Skyline Blvd. and Veterans Parkway the suspects hit a vehicle (Cape Coral Police Department Case # 14-010049). The suspect vehicle continued through the intersection, northbound on Skyline Blvd. Just past the intersection, the suspect vehicle made a U-turn and headed back south bound on Skyline Blvd toward Veterans Parkway. At Veterans Parkway the suspect vehicle made a left turn and proceeded to head east on Veterans Parkway. At this point the suspect vehicle turned off its headlights and continued at a high rate of speed in an effort to hide from police. As the suspect vehicle continued east it entered into the intersection at Santa Barbara Blvd. and Veterans Parkway and hit another vehicle. The vehicle sustained heavy damage and the driver was also injured and had to be transported to the Cape Coral Hospital for treatment (Cape Coral Police Department Case #14-010044).
The suspect vehicle also sustained heavy damage and went about another 100 feet were both the driver and the passenger jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. The driver went north while the passenger fled south. The driver was apprehended near the intersection of Santa Barbara Blvd and Veterans Parkway and was later identified as Jonas Tramell Griffin, DOB: 4/25/89.
The passenger, in an attempt to hide from police, entered the lanai of an occupied residence. Officers located the male, later identified as Justin Devon Diggs was located hiding in the pool box on the lanai of 2614 SW Santa Barbara Pl. The resident stated that he had not given anyone permission to be in his residence and that he wished to press charges for occupied burglary (Cape Coral Police Department Case# 14-010052).
A show-up with the victims/witnesses from the Family Dollar store was conducted at the locations where both suspects were apprehended. The witness positively identified both suspects as the males that had committed the robbery. The store manager and employee both positively identified Griffin as one of the males in the robbery and both stated that he was the suspect who had hit the manager in the head multiple times with the gun. Both suspects were transported to a local hospital for treatment due to the vehicle crash.
Just outside the passenger side door of the suspect vehicle there was a bag containing a large amount of U.S. currency and rolled coins. This bag was recovered by Cape Coral Police Department Forensics and placed into evidence. Due to the heavy a amount of damage to the suspect vehicle it was towed from the scene. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted and two handguns and more U.S. currency was discovered in plain view. The vehicle was towed to the Cape Coral Police Department to be stored pending a search warrant.
Both suspects were read their Miranda Rights from prepared forms and stated that they did not wish to talk with Police.
Once both suspects were medically cleared they were transported to the Lee County Jail.
ARRESTED: Justin Diggs (BM 04-27-1990) of 307 Ellington Ct., Fort Myers, FL.
CHARGES: Robbery with a Firearm, Grand Theft, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
ARRESTED: Jonas T. Griffin (BM 04-25-89) of 2909 Blount St., Fort Myers, FL.
CHARGES: Robbery with a Firearm, Grand Theft, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Fleeing to Elude, Reckless Driving, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Hit and Run X2.
"It is too early to know if these suspects are directly involved with other Dollar Store robberies we have seen in Cape Coral and in other parts of SW Florida. We will have to see what clues and information are revealed in the investigation that is ongoing. We are proud of the rapid, professional, and tactical response of our officers. Our thoughts are with the crash victim who was injured by the recklessness of these men and we hope for a speedy and full recovery."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.