(January 12, 2015)- Cape Coral Police arrested a group of would-be car burglars in north Cape Coral late Saturday night.
On January 10, 2015, at around 10:45 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to 507 NE 20th St. on a suspicious vehicle call. The caller stated he saw 3 males, in their 20's, standing outside of a red sporty looking vehicle behind his house. When the caller attempted to make contact with them, the males got into the vehicle and drove west down NE 20th St. After speaking with complainant, Officers checked the area for the red "sporty vehicle."
Not far from the residence, Officers located a red, 2 door sporty looking vehicle parked fully on the roadway of NE 21st St. It was unoccupied and the engine was still running.
The vehicle was registered to Pedro Carrillo JR (DOB 12/24/92). As Officers were investigating the vehicle, a male (later identified as Pedro Carrillo JR by his FL DL) came from between houses in the 300 block of NE 21st St from the South and came onto NE 21st St., and started walking towards NE 4th Ave. As Carrillo started walking towards officers, he picked up a pair of shoes in the road that were facing west and approximately 200 feet in front of the parked Hyundai.
As Carrillo approached the Hyundai, he told officers said the car belonged to him and he got out of the car to grab his shoes he left in the road. Due to the suspicious circumstances, Officers detained and read Carrillo his Miranda Rights from a prepared card. Investigation revealed that Carrillo he was the driver while his two other male companions were "car hopping" (burglarizing unlocked cars). Carrillo also said he was in the neighborhood of the original call location, 507 NE 20th St., but could not give a reason as to why he and the 2 others were out of the Hyundai.
A search of the neighborhood was conducted with North Patrol units, K9, and aviation. Numerous citizens called in reports of the suspects hiding in their backyards and hopping fences. The other two males were later located in the bushes at 300 NE 20th Ter. The other two males were identified as Pablo Medina and Dallas Wooten. Medina and Wooten could not give any reason as to why they were in the bushes in this neighborhood in Cape Coral. Medina and Wooten both agreed to being with Carrillo this evening. A black ski mask was located at 329 NE 20th Ter, and later put into evidence and a request for DNA was completed.
Carrillo, Medina and Wooten were in a place at a time that is not usual for a law-abiding individual and acting in a manner that warranted a justifiable and reasonable alarm or immediate concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity. Based on the fact that Carrillo, Medina and Wooten were unable to dispel the fear of officers as to why they were in the area, they were placed under arrest for Loitering and Prowling under F.S.S. 856.021. Carrillo, Medina and Wooten were transported to Cape Coral Police Department then the Lee County Jail.
ARRESTED: Pablo J. Medina, W/M, DOB: 12/18/1992, of 1101 Adams Ave, Lehigh Acres
ARRESTED: Dallas W. Wooten, W/M, DOB: 11/02/1993, of 79 Prospect Ave, Fort Myers
ARRESTED: Pedro “NMN” Carrillo, B/M, DOB: 12/24/1992, of 8335 McDaniel Dr, North Fort Myers
CHARGES: Loitering and Prowling
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