LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two men early Tuesday morning on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after racially-charged altercation at the 7-11, located on the 4300 block of Lee Blvd.
Officers took 31-year-old Justin Murphy, of Lehigh Acres, and 25-year-old Joshua Munion, of North Fort Myers, into custody around 6:15 a.m. Victims reported that the suspects were armed with knives and threatened the customers. Several witnesses pointed to the white pick-up truck that the suspects were travelling in on Gunnery Rd., making it easy for deputies to apprehend them.
According to the arrest report, the suspects were repetitively yelling racial slurs at the customers of the store, shoved a female patron and threatened many with knives.
The employee was working in the back when he heard a commotion. He told officers that he saw the men threatening customers with knives and called 911. One of the suspects turned to him and threatened his life before leaving the store.
Deputies interviewed a male and female who were also with the suspects at the time of the altercation, but did not participate. The female told deputies she was embarrassed and stayed in the vehicle with her head down. The male told officers that the altercation was prompted by one of the 7-11 patrons calling the suspects a racial slur in the parking lot. The report details that the male then proceeded to use multiple racial slurs to explain to the officer how much he personally "hated black people."
Murphy and Munion were taken into custody and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.