(October 17, 2016)- A robbery suspect learned that the second time is not a charm when he attempted to rob the same store for the second time in three days.
On October 15th, officers responded to a robbery at the Winn-Dixie supermarket at 1016 Cape Coral Parkway East. The suspect (same suspect from a nearly identical robbery two days prior at the same location) pushed an elderly clerk and took approximately $300.00 and fled on foot. An off-duty Winn-Dixie manager attempted to stop the suspect, who then displayed a knife and threatened the manager. The suspect then fled southbound on Vincennes Court. K9 Units, detectives, Aviation and Forensics responded.
Brian Manoco Hernandez Vargas (DOB: 11-3-76) was eventually developed as a suspect and it was learned the Lee County Sheriff's Office was looking for the vehicle he was operating.
The unoccupied suspect vehicle was later located by officers and secured until LCSO arrived. While LCSO was recovering the vehicle and suspected stolen property, they informed CCPD units that the suspect had contacted their burglary victim so he could pay off the victim and have those charges dropped.
CCPD and LCSO units worked together to locate the suspect at Lowe's (1651 Pine Island Road) and arrested him without incident. Vargas was additionally charged with several counts of check forgery and knowingly driving on a suspended license, and was transported to the Lee County Jail. LCSO will also be following up on several open cases within their jurisdiction.
Link to original news release: BOLO: Cape Coral Police Detectives Looking For Robbery Suspect
ARRESTED: Brian Manoco Hernandez Vargas, H/M, DOB: 11-3-1976, of 2826 SE Santa Barbara Place, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Armed Robbery (2 counts), Battery on a Person over 65 Years of Age, Aggravated Assault w/a Deadly Weapon, Resisting an Officer Without Violence, Uttering Forged Checks (13 counts), Driving on a Suspended License (Knowingly)
CR#: 16-016269, 16-016397, 16-012086, 16-015739, 16-016413
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