Published: Oct 05, 2011 3:05 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 05, 2011 10:37 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- An anonymous tip to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers has resulted in the arrest of Hector Benitez. He was arrested at 2:38 p.m. today at Ebson Lane and Bahia Drive in the Suncoast neighborhood of North Fort Myers. 

Original report:

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect involved in a home invasion robbery involving a firearm. Deputies need to speak with Hector Benitez, 37, regarding his role in the incident.

On October 3, 2011, shortly after 9:00 p.m., deputies responded to a disturbance at 450 Figuera Avenue, Fort Myers. Upon arrival, deputies came into contact with the victim. She had been at the home visiting with friends when a man entered the home with a gun and pointed it at the victim. He then took the victim’s purse and fled from the scene.

Responding deputies quickly set up a perimeter but were unsuccessful in locating the suspect who was later identified as Benitez. No injuries were sustained during the incident.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hector Benitez is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 477-1000, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward; tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at, through the TipSubmit app on any iPhone or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.