COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Two teenagers were booked into the Collier County jail Monday after they allegedly robbed a North Naples convenience store at gunpoint and then led deputies on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle.
The teens have been identified as a 17-year-old male, from Nottingham Lane in Bonita Springs and a 16-year-old male resident of Our Court in Bonita Springs. Each has been charged with armed robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fleeing and eluding, petty theft, resisting arrest without violence, grand theft auto, and grand theft.
According to police reports, the 16-year-old suspect was wearing all black clothing and a black cloth over his face when he entered the 7-Eleven store at 5320 U.S. 41 N. He displayed a gun and demanded money from the clerk.
The clerk handed over money to the suspect, who then left the store and entered the passenger side of a waiting blue Chevrolet Blazer driven by the 17-year-old suspect.
A deputy in a marked patrol vehicle spotted the Blazer traveling southbound on U.S. 41 North at Mooring Line Drive going 58 mph in a 45 mph zone. The deputy activated his vehicle’s lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the Blazer, which continued south on U.S. 41 North into the City of Naples.
Near the intersection of 14th Avenue North and 10th Street North, the deputy used law enforcement tactics to force the Blazer to a stop. Police say the two suspects fled the vehicle, running in separate directions.
Through the use of K-9 and air units, and after a brief foot pursuit; the suspects were located and arrested.
The 16-year-old was additionally charged with wearing a mask during the commission of a felony. Investigators said the teen matched the description of the robber depicted in store video surveillance footage of the robbery.
Investigators said the Blazer had been reported stolen out of Collier County on May 14.
The robbery occurred 45 minutes after a similar robbery at a 7-Eleven store in Lee County. Investigators with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to determine if the two robberies are connected.
A CCSO investigation continues.