CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Argument Over Money Owed for Bail Ends with Arrest
(June 25, 2014)- Last night at around 9:30 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to a disturbance call at a barber shop located at 4515 Del Prado Boulevard S.
The victim, Geoff Mercado, advised police that he got into a verbal altercation with Marlen Barrios, over $3,000 that she and her husband paid to bail him out of jail. Mercado was recently arrested (04-19-2014) by the Cape Coral Police Department for trafficking Heroin (CR# 14-006540). Interestingly, Barrios was also recently arrested for trafficking Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Neglect.
Mercado told officers that during the argument he told Barrios that he would not be repaying the money to her or her husband. According to Mercado, Barrios told him that he had two days to repay the money, "or else."
Things escalated quickly when, according to the victim and corroborating witnesses, Barrios placed her car in reverse and attempted to strike Mercado with her vehicle as he walked away from her. Mercado had to run to get out of the way of the vehicle. Barrios then left the business driving north on Del Prado Boulevard.
Officers made contact with Barrios on a traffic stop a couple of blocks from her home. During a post-Miranda interview, Barrios denied making a threat, but did say that she gave Mercado a two-day repayment window. Barrios also claimed that she did not see Mercado when she was backing up (even though she was never in a parking space and had no reason to back up in order to exit the parking lot).
Barrios was arrested for Attempted Aggravated Battery and was transported to Lee County Jail.