CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Police arrested four suspects who were involved in an armed robbery that occurred early Sunday morning near the Cape Paradise Hotel. Elienit Maldonado, Erick Ortiz, Justin Taveras, and Kristy Torres were charged with Robbery after they were detained while trying to flee the crime scene.

At 1:57 a.m. Sunday, Cape Coral Police officers with Platoon Four (South District) were conducting a DUI arrest in the 4900 block of Del Prado Boulevard South when they heard a gunshot near the corner of the Cape Paradise Hotel at 1502 Miramar Street. Officer Joshua Morgan located the victim who advised that someone had attempted to rob him and fired a shot at him. He described the suspects’ vehicle, and Cape Police Officer John Montgomery located the van as it attempted to drive away. A felony stop was conducted, and the four suspects were located inside the van along with an infant.

According to the victim, he received a call from Torres, who he knew from church, asking to “hang out.” He told Torres he was looking to buy some marijuana, and he met Torres at the CVS on Cape Coral Parkway. She arrived in the van with three other individuals he did not know. They drove back to the hotel, and upon arrival, Ortiz and Taveras exited the van with the victim. Ortiz placed a black revolver to the victim’s head and demanded that he empty his pockets. The victim refused, and the Ortiz fired a shot near his head. The four suspects then attempted to flee the scene.

During an interview with Cape Coral Detective Patricia Enterline, Ortiz confessed to being the shooter. He stated that he and the other three suspects needed money, and Torres had contacted the victim as a possible target to rob. Ortiz and the other three suspects confirmed the victim’s version of the events.

Based on the evidence, probable cause existed to arrest all four suspects and charge them with Robbery with a Firearm.