A man who broke into a residence where a child was present, as well as two vehicles, was detained by residents until police arrived to take him into custody.
On October 6th, 2021, near the 1200 block of SE 24th Avenue at around 2:30 a.m., a caller stated to police that a man had pushed in a front window of their home, causing it to land on a child’s bed while they were sleeping. The man fled the home on a bicycle and proceeded to a second home nearby, trying to enter the rear slider. Two residents there confronted and detained the man, identified as Christopher Tomasulo (W/M, DOB: 3-6-93).
Officers arrived to take Tomasulo into custody, and Tomasulo unsuccessfully tried to resist the officers’ attempts to handcuff him. The investigation revealed that Tomasulo had been in possession of and used a knife during the initial home break-in, and had also burglarized the two vehicles in the driveway.
Tomasulo was transported to a nearby hospital to be medically cleared due to having injuries from his struggle with the residents who detained him.
Once medically cleared, Tomasulo was transported to the Lee County Jail on charges of armed burglary of an occupied residence/conveyance (3 counts), petit theft, criminal mischief, resisting without violence, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and possession of drug paraphernalia.