CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
"Routine" Call Call Turns Into Officers Battered; Suspect Arrested
(July 14, 2014)- What began as a suspicious vehicle call in the early morning hours of June 29th, turned into an arrest for drugs and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.
Travis Robey, W/M, DOB: 08-01-1993, of 1912 Tropicana Parkway W., Cape Coral was arrested on charges of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting With Violence, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
At around 3:30 AM, Cape Coral Police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of BA Hustlers, located at 2138 Santa Barbara Boulevard. Initially, officers were advised of a male sitting in the vehicle. However, while en route, Officers were advised that the male was standing outside of his vehicle, punching and hitting it.
When officers arrived, they made contact with an intoxicated Robey, who was standing by the open driver's side door of a white pickup. When asked why he was in the parking lot at this hour, Robey explained that his girlfriend is a waitress at Hustlers and he was waiting for her. As on of the responding officers went inside to confirm this, Robey stated, "Officer, I know I'm not 21, but nobody inside hustlers served me alcohol." Officers confirmed that Robey was in fact the boyfriend of an employee, and she was aware that he was outside because he was too young to drink inside.
At the truck, officers were able to smell the odor of raw cannabis coming from the vehicle. Looking inside, Officers were able to see, in plain view, a small amount of suspect cannabis. Robey was read his Miranda Warning from a pre-printed card. Robey initially agreed to speak with officers. However, once officers attempted to detain him for the purposes of the narcotics investigation, Robey began to verbally and physically resist.
Robey shouted at Officers, "I'm not detained." and pulled away from officers who were attempting to place him in handcuffs. Despite repeated verbal commands form officers, Robey continued pulling away from Officers attempts to handcuff him. An officer at the scene deployed their Taser, but it was ineffective and Robey managed to pull away and flee on foot.
As the foot chase continued westbound toward SW Santa Barbara Place, Officers managed to take Robey to the ground. Robey then became aggressive toward officers, punching one Officer in the head above his ear. That officer attempted to deploy his Taser, but the probes did not connect, Robey then struck the officer again, knocking the Taser from the Officer's hand. Another officer deployed their baton, striking Robey in the buttock, in an attempt to gain compliance, knocking him to the ground.
Despite repeated verbal commands and attempts by officers to take Robey into custody, he still continued to resist, punching and fighting with officers. Robey head-butted an Officer and once again managed to break free and continue running, this time, northbound. A pursuing officer managed to get Robey back to the ground, but only briefly. Robey got up and began swinging at Officers. This time, Officers attempted to use OC spray to gain compliance, but it was ineffective and Robey continued to swing at officers. Finally, an officer was able to strike Robey in the leg with his baton, get Robey to the ground, and with the help of other officers, get Robey into handcuffs.
Robey was searched, photographed, and secured in the rear of a patrol car. The suspect cannabis from his vehicle was seized and field tested positive for THC. Robey was transported to Cape Coral Hospital to be medically cleared, then later to Lee County Jail.
ARRESTED: Travis Robey, W/M, DOB: 08-01-1993, of 1912 Tropicana Parkway W., Cape Coral.
CHARGES: Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting With Violence, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.