On July 7, 2022, at approximately 10:52 a.m. officers from the Cape Coral Police Department responded to a call for service in reference to an armed robbery in progress at 2710 Del Prado Blvd S. (White Sands Arcade). It was alleged that two black males entered the business and demanded money from an employee.
One of the males was described as wearing all-black clothing with dreadlocks. He was later identified as Jwyanza Quadaar Chito (B/M 7-23-1987, 223 Cultural Park Blvd). The second male was described as wearing all grey clothing and was bald. This male was later identified as Lenny Myers (B/M 1-28-1977, 223 Cultural Park Blvd).
Both suspects fled before the officers’ arrival on the scene. According to the store employee, both males entered the business, and Mr. Chito brandished a Glock handgun at the store employee and demanded money. Approximately $2,500.00 in cash was placed inside of a pillowcase before both exited the business.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. officers responded to Coral Palace Arcade at 1424 Cape Coral Parkway East and met on the scene with a store employee who stated that a patron around 10:30 a.m. alerted the employee that the business was possibly about to be robbed. This patron observed two black males matching the description of both Mr. Chito and Mr. Myers dressed in dark-colored clothing and wearing masks. They were observed in the parking lot of this business just before the patron entered. The store employee quickly locked the doors, and both left the parking lot.
Video surveillance from this location was able to help Major Crimes Detectives obtain a vehicle description.
After a lengthy investigation and with the assistance of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Myers Police Department both Mr. Chito and Mr. Myers were located by utilizing investigative techniques. The handgun used in the commission of the crime was also recovered.
Mr. Chito and Mr. Myers were subsequently transported to Lee County Jail.
On July 7, 2022, at approximately 2:19 p.m. Cape Coral Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit made contact with Ira Dennis Crosser Jr. (W/M 11-02-1966, 4818 Lucaya Drive Apt. #7) at his residence upon the probable cause established in an active warrant for his arrest for violating F.S.S. 812.13(2)(a) Written Threat to Conduct a Mass Shooting or an Act of Terrorism.
On July 7th, Detectives from the Cape Coral Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit were informed by a local law enforcement partner of a text message received by the reporting party from Mr. Crosser which detailed his intent to “make Texas and Highland Park” look like “child’s play.” (In reference to the recent mass shooting that occurred on July 4th in Highland Park, Illinois.)
The investigation revealed that the reporting party was concerned, based on Mr. Crosser’s alleged violent tendencies and access to weapons, that he could carry out these threats. It was verified that the text messages were written by Mr. Crosser and, due to the exigent severity of these threats, a search warrant was requested and approved through the 20th Judicial Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Crosser was subsequently transported to Lee County Jail and was charged with the following: Written Threat to Conduct a Mass Shooting or an Act of Terrorism F.S.S. 812.13(2)(a).
On June 30th, 2022, Cape Coral Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit contacted Lukis Ayala (W/M 03-04-2011, 1329 Everest Parkway) at his residence upon being released from the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) on June 29th, 2022, for the burglary of Guns4Less which occurred on June 8th, 2022.
The investigation revealed that Lukis Ayala confessed to over 16 vehicle burglaries between the area of Country Club Blvd and Everest Parkway that took place prior to the June 8th, 2022, incident.
Lukis Ayala was subsequently transported back to Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC).
Lukis Ayala was charged with the following combined charges:
* Burglary of a Conveyance F.S.S. 810.01(4)(b), 16 Counts.
On June 29th, 2022, officers from the Cape Coral Police Department responded to a call for service in reference to criminal mischief in progress at 2700-Block of Southwest 15th Ave, it was alleged that two people had pulled a stop sign from the ground and had tossed it into a nearby yard. The call notes went on to further explain that both individuals ran from this location.
Officers arrived in the area and were able to locate a male and female later identified as Logan Thomas Robert Hunn (W/M 07-30-2003, 183 Hamilton Ave, Westerville, Ohio) and Meghan Starr McConnell (W/F 01-08-2004, 7029 Jean Court, Westerville, Ohio) both appeared extremely nervous and had admitted to drinking earlier in the night.
A stop sign was observed on the ground just west of the intersection of Southwest 26th Terrace and Southwest 15th Ave and later another stop sign was observed on the ground at Southwest 27th Terrace and Southwest 15th Ave. Both Mr. Hunn and Ms. McConnell were detained, and both provided false identifying information numerous times to officers on the scene. Mr. Hunn and Ms. McConnell were eventually identified after many attempts.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Hunn admitted to removing both stop signs from the ground and giving false information to officers on the scene. Ms. McConnell admitted to giving false information to officers on the scene but denied involvement in removing the stop signs.
Cape Coral Public Works Department was notified and responded on scene to install temporary stop signs.
Mr. Hunn and Ms. McConnell were subsequently transported to Lee County Jail.
On June 18th, 2022, officers from the Cape Coral Police Department responded to a call for service in reference to criminal mischief in progress at 4818 Tarpon Court (Four Freedoms Park.)
It was alleged that a male who was wearing a blue shirt with cut off sleeves, a red backpack, shorts, and a hat was seen spray-painting a trashcan, gazebo, tables, and the floor. The male was also seen tossing the spray paint can into the nearby water.
Officers arrived on the scene and located Thatcher Allen Greenwood (W/M 11-11-1996, 710 SE 46th Terrace #1) seated near one of the freshly graffitied gazebos. An officer observed blue graffiti spray paint all over the gazebo area and its surroundings.
Mr. Thatcher also had wet blue spray paint all over his hands and forearms in the same color as the graffiti.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Thatcher confessed to the fresh graffiti at this city-owned park.
Mr. Thatcher was subsequently transported to Lee County Jail.
Mr. Thatcher was charged with the following: Criminal Mischief over $1,000 F.S.S. 806.13(1)(b)(3).
On June 11, 2022, an officer from the Cape Coral Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for several traffic infractions at 2200-Block of Del Prado Blvd South.
Contact was made with Vanessa Rovira (W/F 07-28-1985, 3708 SE 9th Place) who was the driver and sole occupant of this vehicle. While Ms. Rovira was retrieving her license, registration, and proof of insurance the officer was able to see in plain view a smokey glass cylindrical pipe with a white powdery substance sitting in the center console. Next to the glass pipe was a white powdery substance in a small plastic baggie.
The investigation revealed that Ms. Rovira claimed ownership of the baggie that tested positive for suspect cocaine and a glass pipe used as drug paraphernalia. Search incident to arrest several more plastic baggies were located on her person which was later identified as suspect fentanyl and mannitol, which is used as a cutting agent for fentanyl.
Numerous other drug paraphernalia, scales, plastic baggies, and other items were in Ms. Rovira’s purse and vehicle. It was also learned that Ms. Rovira had an active failure to appear warrant for a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ms. Rovira was subsequently transported to Lee County Jail.
Ms. Rovira was charged with the following:
Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Sell, F.S.S. 893.13(1)(a)(1).
Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, F.S.S. 893.13(1)(a)(2).
Possession of a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl) F.S.S. 893.13(6)(a).
Possession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone Hydrochloride) F.S.S. 893.13(6)(a).
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia F.S.S. 893.147(1).