NAPLES, Fla.- On Saturday night, officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested one of the fugitives sought in the armed robbery of a jewelry salesman outside of Thalheimers on February 8, 2011. Detectives from the Naples Police Department obtained warrants for the arrest of Jose Cabezudo-Gomez and Jose Castillo after their DNA was identified within the getaway vehicles recovered near the crime scene.
Cabezudo-Gomez had changed his identity and was now using the name of Marco Raul Fuertes-Olmedo when he was stopped for a speeding violation shortly after 10:00 p.m. near mile marker 105 on I-40 in Carson County, Texas. The officer received a Mexican driver’s license that did not contain an address. Growing suspicious, the officer asked for additional documentation and a request to search the vehicle, which was rented in California.
Small amounts of marijuana were located and then a Smith and Wesson pistol with the serial numbers scratched off was found concealed behind the driver’s side dashboard. Once the dashboard was removed, many small packages of jewelry were located. Cabezudo-Gomez was arrested without incident and transported to the Carson County Jail under his alias of Fuertes-Olmedo. However, once his fingerprints were submitted to the AFIS database, officers learned of numerous violent felonies linked to their arrestee with a long list of aliases.
Cabezudo-Gomez was linked by DNA to an armed robbery of a jewelry salesperson in Palo Alto earlier in 2012, an armed robbery in Naples from 2011, a parole violation from the Georgia Department of Corrections stemming from another armed robbery and charges from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The night of the arrest, the officer observed two vehicles traveling at high rates of speed following closely behind each other. The officer attempted to stop both vehicles but the car driven by Cabezudo-Gomez braked abruptly almost causing a crash while the lead vehicle continued to speed away from the scene. It was unknown who the occupants of the first vehicle were, but no further leads were provided to the location of the second suspect, Jose Castillo, wanted in the Naples robbery.
It is not know at this time when Cabezudo-Gomez will be brought back to Collier County to face the charges.