Family wakes up to break in at Pinnacle Apts.
FORT MYERS, Fla.- After living in the same apartment for six years, one father says he’s now concerned it may not be the safest place for his family.
“I think that I’m going to try to find a way to see what I can do, secure this place better, both my apartment and my family. Now I have another daughter, just two weeks old, and I worry because of my family, that’s something I have to protect.”
The man, who did not want to be identified, tells WINK News he woke up Wednesday morning to sounds coming from the back of his apartment.
“I thought it was an animal that wanted to get in. But I went up to the window and saw two guys wanting to get in here to rob us.”
The man says he called 911, while the would-be robbers continued to try and cut through his lanai to get inside his home. A friend spotted the commotion, and tried to scare the two off. That’s when Lee County deputies say the two armed suspects fired their weapons.
Holly Schlensky, a neighbor, woke up to the sound of those shots, and saw one bullet went through her passenger window, and lodged itself in her dash.
“I was very shocked to hear that something like that would happen back here where it’s safe,” she said. “I’ve been here three years and have never encountered anything like this. We’re out all hours of the night and this has never happened before, it’s always been safe here. ”
But her neighbor says this is the perfect area for criminals looking to steal.
“It’s the last apartment all the way in the corner, and it’s surrounded by trees and really dark. I think that’s the way, it’s easier to get in, or a place that’s almost pitch black. They know no one else can see them doing it.”
Lee County deputies say two minors were arrested after trying to run off, about two blocks from the complex.
Schlensky says she worries her community may be taking a turn for the worst, and plans to take better precautions in the future.
“I hope that there will be more security, maybe more police checking the areas, being that this is a dead end over here, there’s nothing behind us. It’s a good place to hide, so yeah I’m going to be more cautious. We [usually] leave our doors open and stuff, can’t do that anymore.”