FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Wednesday, the Fort Myers Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force while on proactive patrol came in contact with four teenagers armed with handguns.
Sergeant Victor Medico and Officer Jack Millard encountered the first juvenile at a convenience store located at 724 Ortiz Avenue. The 16-year-old was wearing an electronic ankle monitor and was in violation of his probation. During the search incident to arrest officers located a Witness-P .45 caliber handgun worn around his upper torso with an elastic holster underneath his shirt. The gun was loaded with five rounds of ammunition. The juvenile was arrested for two counts of violation of probation, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a delinquent and possession of a firearm by a minor.
In a second incident, Task Force Officers Scott Newbury and Glenn Eppler conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a seatbelt violation. As Officer Newbury approached the car he could see the people inside reaching towards the floor. The furtive movements coupled with the occupants’ failure to comply with the officer’s initial commands to show their hands led to a protective sweep of the vehicle. A Cobra .380 handgun was located under the driver’s seat and a Lorcin .380 handgun was located under the passenger seat. Each firearm was loaded with one round in the chamber and seven rounds in the magazine. Officers arrested 18-year-old Troy Thomas Jr., 18-year-old Isaac Harvin and a 17-year-old male for carrying a concealed firearm.