Thursday, September 24, 2009

Three Charged With Robbing East Naples Convenience Store

Three men were arrested and charged with multiple felonies after deputies say they robbed an East Naples convenience store at gunpoint early Thursday, according to Collier County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Deputies responded around 4:20 a.m. to a report of a robbery at Del’s 24-hour store, 2802 Thomasson Drive, reports said.

A 62-year-old store clerk told deputies that three men wearing masks and gloves entered the store. One of the men displayed a silver handgun, reports said.

The robbers struck the clerk in the face and then went to the register and removed cash. They also made off with several packs of cigarettes before fleeing the store and stealing the clerk’s vehicle from the parking lot, reports said.

Deputies searched the area and quickly located the vehicle abandoned in front of a residence on Aladdin Lane, reports said.

A deputy with a K-9 tracked a trail of footprints in a muddy field leading from the stolen vehicle to the area of Verity Lane.

Deputies spotted a blue passenger vehicle with three men inside near the intersection of Verity Lane and Thomasson Drive and conducted an investigative stop, reports said.

The three men inside the vehicle were perspiring heavily and their shoes were wet and covered with grass, reports said.

A deputy with a K-9 conducted a sweep of the exterior of the vehicle and received two positive alerts on the trunk area. A search of the trunk turned up the stolen cash and cigarettes, along with clothing and a silver and black .40-caliber handgun, reports said.

Deputies arrested the three men and charged them with the robbery.

Arrested were Kenneth Frazier, 25, 613 Maple St., Immokalee; Kendrick Tyrone Perry, 19, 422 Fahrney St., Immokalee; and Peter Xavier Alexander, 18, 4619 Verity Lane, Apt. A, East Naples.

They are all charged with armed robbery, grand theft, grand theft auto, and battery.

Alexander also faces a charge of providing false identification after deputies say he gave them a fake name, reports said.

Frazier, Perry and Alexander were being booked into the Collier County jail mid-day Thursday.

Arrest reports and photos will be released when they become available.