(February 4, 2015)- Cape Coral Police Detectives have made an arrest in an armed robbery that occurred at a south Cape Coral Publix liquor store Monday night.
On February 2, 2015 at approximately 7:15 PM a white male suspect entered the Publix Liquor Store located at 127 Cape Coral Pkwy W, Cape Coral, Lee County, FL. The suspect produced a knife from his pocket and pointed it at a store employee while demanding the money from the cash register. The suspect grabbed the entire cash drawer and fled from the store with an undetermined amount of cash.
Store surveillance video revealed that the male was about 5'8"-5'10", thin build, and dark stubble head and facial hair. He was wearing a unique gray hooded sweatshirt with multi-colored symbols, black shorts, and gray and reflective maroon color running shoes. Upon fleeing the store the suspect is seen leaving in a white vehicle.
Cape Coral Police Department Patrol, K9, Aviation, Detectives, and Forensics personnel responded. A Ping4alert was sent to the surrounding neighborhood to alert people of the police activity and to provide people in the area with a photo of the suspect.
Later that night, at around 2:30 AM the Lee County Sheriff's Department received a robbery report at a 7-11 store in North Ft Myers involving a suspect that matched the description from the Publix robbery. Deputies spotted the suspect vehicle fleeing the scene and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle was a white PT Cruiser. The suspect crashed near the Bell Tower shopping center in South Ft Myers and was taken into custody. He was identified as Timothy John Holden, W/M, DOB: 06-04-1984, of 1117 SW Santa Barbara Pl. #2, Cape Coral, FL. Holden was transported by Lee County EMS to a local hospital for injuries from the accident.
Cape Coral Detective Kurtis Grau responded to the crash scene. There, he noticed the same unique multi-colored, hooded sweatshirt that was worn by the Publix robber, laying on the ground outside the crashed car. Shoes that appear to be the same in the surveillance video were also on the ground. Visible on the back seat of the car was a cash drawer that appeared to be the same as was stolen from Publix. Money was also visible on the ground outside and inside the car.
Detective Grau responded to the hospital where he identified Holden as being the same person in the surveillance video that robbed the Publix. Forensic Specialist Fordham compared Holden's palm prints on record at CCPD to a palm print recovered by at Publix and confirmed that it matched.
In addition to LCSO's charges, Holden was charged with 1 count of Armed Robbery. Holden has since been released from the hospital and is currently at Lee County Jail.
ARRESTED: Timothy John Holden, W/M, DOB: 06-04-1984, of 1117 SW Santa Barbara Pl. #2, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Robbery With a Weapon
"This is a great example of cooperation and teamwork, not only within our Department, but between the Cape Coral Police Department and Lee County Sheriff's Office as well. Thanks to some solid police work and forensics, we have put together a solid case to get a violent offender off the street."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer
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