PUNTA GORDA, Fla - An Englewood business owner has died, days after being beaten in his store. His death comes as deputies arrest a suspect in the attack.
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron announced the arrest Saturday afternoon. Business owner Jeffrey P. Mazur, 64, was found critically injured and found in a pool of blood at Antiques Plus in Englewood East. Cameron said Mazur died of his injuries Friday afternoon at Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers. Major Crimes Unit detectives worked around the clock since the incident was first reported Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
Friday afternoon CCSO Major Crimes Unit detectives released two photos to the media taken by a surveillance camera at a convenience store and asked the public to help identify the man shown at the counter. Leads came into CCSO throughout the night and MCU detectives learned the identity of the man. Early Saturday afternoon detectives located the man seen in the photos and brought him in for questioning about the robbery.
After MCU detectives talked to James Besaw, 33, they developed probable cause to arrest him. He is charged with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Robbery with a Weapon. He was then transferred to the Charlotte County Jail late this afternoon where he is being held without bond. Besaw does not have a specific local home address as he has been living at various Englewood area addresses. No other details are being released at this time.