Friday, July 31, 2015

Arrests Made In Golden Gate Armed Robbery


UPDATE: Detectives arrested two teenagers Thursday night in connection with the July 24 armed robbery at Rose’s Food Mart, 1808 Santa Barbara Blvd. in Golden Gate.

Gerardo Hernandez, 17, 2672 Tropicana Blvd., Golden Gate, and Franke Perry, also 17, whose address is listed as Tropicana Boulevard on arrest reports, are facing one count each of armed robbery with a firearm and grand theft.

Hernandez and Perry were positively identified by witnesses and were captured on store surveillance video committing the robbery, according to arrest reports.

While conducting a search of Hernandez’s residence, detectives found a shotgun matching the shotgun in the surveillance video of the robbery. The search also turned up shotgun rounds that matched the shotgun rounds discovered on the scene of the robbery, reports said.

When detectives made contact with Perry at his residence, he was wearing the same blue hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants worn by the suspect in the surveillance video matching his description, reports said.

Perry


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Original news release:
CCSO Releases Video Of Armed Robbery In Golden Gate Collier County Sheriff's Office
Posted Date: 
7/27/2015 3:30 PM

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video Monday of two suspects in an armed robbery of a convenience store in Golden Gate over the weekend.

Click here to watch the video.

Detectives said the suspects walked into Rose’s Food Mart, 1808 Santa Barbara Blvd., around 10:15 p.m. Friday, just as employees were closing the store for the night.

The suspects demanded cash. One of the suspects was armed with a gun.

Once the suspects received cash, they ran out of the store.

No injuries were reported.

Detectives said one of the suspects is described as a black man about 5 feet 9 inches.
He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a red bandanna on his face.

Detectives said the other suspect is described as a Hispanic man about 5 feet 6 inches tall. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt and a facial covering. He may have acne-type scars on his face.

An investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crimes Stoppers at 1.800.780.TIPS (8477).




Mystery Collier Homicide Victim ID'd After 25 Years


A 1986 photo of Patricia Minnis


It’s been a quarter of a century since a decomposed body was found off the side of the road in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Now, Collier County Sheriff’s Office detectives say they have identified the victim.  
The body of Patricia Minnis was discovered by a prison work crew under heavy brush near Gannet Strand along U.S. 41 East, 22 miles south of Everglades City, on April 3, 1990.

Detectives believe Minnis had been dead for about three weeks when her remains were discovered. An autopsy revealed she died from blunt force trauma to the head.


Some clothes were found on the body, but no identifying clues were recovered. DNA evidence was taken from the remains and submitted for forensic testing.  An autopsy revealed extensive dental work and metal plates in the lower back. Still, Minnis’ identity went unknown for 25 years.  
In 1999, with few clues or leads, a forensic expert with the Jacksonville County Sheriff’s Office used Minnis’ skull to rebuild her face to help jog the memory of someone who might recognize her and contact authorities.

Nobody did.

Ultimately, advances in forensic science enabled detectives to identity her.


The break in the case came in a June 18, 2015, letter from the University of North Texas Center For Human Identification. The letter stated that DNA evidence resubmitted for testing in 2005 was a strong possible match with DNA submitted by Minnis daughter.

The daughter told detectives that she and her siblings initially never suspected their mother might have met with foul play. Minnis and husband frequently traveled the United States in their recreational vehicle.  It wasn’t unusual for Minnis to be gone long periods of time without contacting family members.

In 1990, the couple traveled through many Southern states, including Florida and the Everglades area. Detectives said the daughter didn’t suspect her mother was missing until one day her stepsister spotted her mother’s purse in the RV. When the stepsister inquired about the purse, her father told her that Minnis ran off with another man while they were traveling in Florida and left her purse behind.

Upon learning this information, Minnis’ daughter became suspicious about her mother’s whereabouts and filed a missing person report. Minnis would have been 57 when her daughter filed the report.

“The purse was key to everything because it initiated enough questions and suspicions from both children,” said Detective Thom Cullen of the CCSO Homicide Section and the lead investigator in the case.

In 2006, the daughter submitted her DNA to a national database in case it was needed to identify her mother if she was found.

The DNA proved to be a strong match with the DNA from the remains found in Big Cypress that had been resubmitted a year earlier.

Senior Criminal Research Investigator Kim Cherney began her investigation. She took key points from the DNA report and began contacting dentists and doctors for medical records comparison.

Cherney discovered that the victim had back surgery in which implants were placed. She contacted several hospitals but no records of the victim’s surgery were found. The hospital could only advise that the implants were manufactured in 1988.

She also conducted Internet searches and law enforcement database searches on the victim. She contacted various campgrounds in Collier County and major travel/camping membership clubs to see if there was any information on the victim.

The identity of Minnis’ killer remains a mystery, though detectives say they have developed a potential person of interest through their investigation. 

The investigation continues.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.780.TIPS (8477).

Click here to watch a video of Detective Thom Cullen discussing this case.
Using a forensic science called facial approximation, a forensic expert used Minnis' skull to rebuild her face.





Thursday, July 30, 2015

Can You ID This Man?




Does the man in these video surveillance images look familiar?

If you recognize him, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear from you.

Detectives would like to talk to him in connection with a grand theft that occurred at Wal-Mart, 9885 Collier Blvd., East Naples.

On July 14, the victim left her phone and wallet in the cosmetics aisle of the store around 8 a.m., detectives said The phone was later recovered in the store, but the wallet, which contained cash, remain missing.

Detectives said the items were seen being picked up by the man shown in the surveillance images.  


Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477 (TIPS).

Monday, July 27, 2015

CCSO Releases Video Of Armed Robbery In Golden Gate




The Collier County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video Monday of two suspects in an armed robbery of a convenience store in Golden Gate over the weekend.

Detectives said the suspects walked into Rose’s Food Mart, 1808 Santa Barbara Blvd., around 10:15 p.m. Friday, just as employees were closing the store for the night.

The suspects demanded cash. One of the suspects was armed with a gun.

Once the suspects received cash, they ran out of the store.

No injuries were reported.

Detectives said one of the suspects is described as a black man about 5 feet 9 inches. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a red bandanna on his face.

Detectives said the other suspect is described as a Hispanic man about 5 feet 6 inches tall. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt and a facial covering. He may have acne-type scars on his face.

An investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crimes Stoppers at 1.800.780.TIPS (8477).



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CCSO Traffic Enforcement Spots

Monday, July 27:

Collier and Triangle boulevards – Speeding
Airport-Pulling Road and Emerald Lakes Drive – Red-light running
Radio and Livingston roads – Red-light running

Tuesday, July 28:

Vanderbilt Beach Road and Vineyards Boulevard – Red-light running
County Barn Road and Charlemagne Boulevard – Speeding
Floridan Avenue – Aggressive driving

Wednesday, July 29:

Pine Ridge and Taylor roads – Aggressive driving
Davis and Collier boulevards – Red-light running
U.S. 41 North and Strada Place – Aggressive driving

Thursday, July 30:

Golden Gate Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard – Red-light running
Livingston Road and Osceola Trail – Speeding
Weber and White boulevards – Speeding

Friday, July 31:

Airport-Pulling and North roads – Aggressive driving
U.S. 41 East and Martin Street – Speeding
Immokalee Road and I-75 southbound exit – Aggressive driving

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

CCSO Traffic Enforcement Spots

Monday, Aug. 3:

Napa Boulevard – Aggressive driving
U.S. 41 East and Commercial Drive – Red-light running
Golden Gate Parkway and 44th Street SW – Aggressive driving

Tuesday, Aug. 4:

Collier Boulevard and Tuscany Cove Drive – Speeding
Bayshore Drive and Botanical Place Circle - Speeding
Immokalee Road and Juliet Boulevard – Red-light running

Wednesday, Aug. 5:

Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads – Red-light running
Pine Ridge Road and Naples Boulevard – Aggressive driving
White and Weber boulevards – Aggressive driving

Thursday, Aug. 6:

Wilson and Immokalee boulevards – Speeding
Vanderbilt Beach Road and Island Walk Circle - Speeding
Davis Boulevard and Market Street – Aggressive driving

Friday, Aug. 7:

Golden Gate Parkway and I75 southbound exit – Red-light running
Airport-Pulling Road and Glades Boulevard – Red-light running
Collier Boulevard and U.S. 41 East - Speeding

CCSO Traffic Enforcement Spots

Monday, July 20:

Golden Gate Parkway and 70th Street SW - Speeding
Thomasson Drive and Lombardy Lane - Speeding
Santa Barbara Boulevard and Whitaker Road - Speeding

Tuesday, July 21:

Radio Road and Commercial Boulevard – Aggressive driving
Golden Gate Boulevard and 31st Street SW – Speeding
Airport-Pulling Road and Cougar Drive – Red-light running

Wednesday, July 22:

Collier and Fiddlers Creek boulevards - Speeding
Immokalee and Sanctuary roads – Aggressive driving
Sunset Road – Aggressive driving

Thursday, July 23:

U.S. 41 East and Rattlesnake Hammock Road – Red-light running
Goodlette-Frank Road and Pelican Marsh Boulevard – Speeding
Pine Ridge Road and Logan Boulevard – Red-light running

Friday, July 24:

Orange Blossom Drive and Yarberry Lane – Speeding
Industrial Boulevard – Aggressive driving

Santa Barbara and Green boulevards – Red-light running