|Published:||Aug 23, 2012 10:32 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 24, 2012 12:25 AM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Public records released today in the Antonio Thomas case shed new light on his confessed nine-day crime spree across Lee County, and the days leading up to his arrest.
The documents show detectives actually questioned him before he allegedly killed a Cape Coral woman.
Thomas' alleged crime spree began June 13th at a North Fort Myers 7-Eleven. Deputies say he assaulted and tried to abduct a woman. She got away and called 911.
June 15th, deputies say Thomas abducted a woman in North Fort Myers and sexually assaulted her. She also escaped.
But on June 16th, the 911 call was for Thomas. EMS workers took him to the hospital for a possible drug overdose. They "notified the robbery detectives that a patient they had transported may match the description of the suspect in the ... kidnapping case."
Detectives questioned Thomas two days later. He denied involvement, so they took his picture, left, and continued the investigation.
"At the time, he was highly intoxicated, so a formal interview really couldn't be done," Lee County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Lt. Larry King said. "We just had to move on at that point because there was no probable cause for his arrest."
From then on, Thomas is accused of abducting, raping and murdering a Cape Coral woman, assaulting a Fort Myers woman, then kidnapping a Fort Myers teen. Documents say Thomas later turned himself in, allegedly confessing to the crimes.
Angela Robertson, the first victim at the 7-Eleven, wishes detectives would have shown her Thomas' picture sooner.
"No, I never saw that picture, no," Roberson said. "That's what kind of frustrates me. I mean, with my description, they should have been able to get more on him."
Because there was no evidence connecting Thomas to the crimes at the time, Lt. Larry King says Thomas' photo was not part of any lineups.
"Later on, there was an opportunity, but it all happened to culminate on the same he was being arrested," King said.
According to King, interviews can be done at someone's home or in a vehicle. They don't necessarily have to be taken back to headquarters for questioning, like you sometimes see on TV. Thomas remains behind bars at the Lee County Jail. He's due in court in December.
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