Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Final Suspect In Estates Home Invasion Arrested

A man wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery in Golden Gate Estates last December was arrested Wednesday.

Nicholas R. Chandler, 23, faces charges of robbery with a firearm and grand theft in connection with a home invasion robbery at 1171 11th St. S.W. on Dec. 22, 2012.

Chandler, whose address was not known, was arrested at the Collier County jail, where he was being held on felony charges stemming from two other home invasion robberies – on Jan. 25 and on Dec. 12,2012.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Chandler is the fourth and final suspect arrested in connection with the Dec. 22, 2012 case.

On Tuesday, detectives arrested two other suspects in the case.

Charles W. Benz, 24, 2160 17th St. S.W., Golden Gate Estates, and Michael Andrew Cooke, 20, 1465 Apalachee St., East Naples, are facing similar felony charges.

On Feb. 1, detectives arrested Carlos Darren Walker, 23, of Fort Myers, also on charges of armed robbery-home invasion and grand theft.

Nicholas Chandler

Michael Andrew Cooke

Charles W. Benz

Carlos Walker

Original news release4 Sought In Golden Gate Estates Home Invasion
Posted Date: 12/22/2012

Deputies are searching for four armed men who forced their way into a house in Golden Gate Estates on Saturday afternoon.

Reports give this account of what happened:

Michael Downs, 37, and Michelle Facciolli, 55, were confronted in their yard in the 1100 block of 11th Street SW by four men shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday. One suspect displayed a handgun and forced the victims into the house where Suzanne Pantalone, 47, was located. All three victims were tied up, their phones were smashed, and the house was ransacked. The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash, jewelry, and other items before leaving the residence.

Deputies searched the area but were unsuccessful in locating the suspects.

Deputies say two of the robbers were white males and two were Hispanic males. All four suspects were wearing light colored hoodies and long pants.

Anyone with information should call the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 239-252-9300 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).