FORT MYERS, Fla.- The suspect accused of firing shots at police, near the Sphinx Hooka Lounge over the weekend, was in court this morning. The judge set 25-year-old Tony James' bond at $150,000 and will see him again in court on March 25th.
On Saturday just after 3:00 a.m., officers with the Fort Myers Police Department were patrolling the parking lot of the hooka lounge at 2158 Colonial Blvd., because a large crowd of patrons were loitering in the area.
Officers had their patrol cars parked in front of the Harley Davidson store, and were standing outside their cars monitoring the crowd. Suddenly, several shots were fired in their vicinity and then the officers heard rounds hit the building, feet from where they were standing. No one was injured.
Police took cover and armed themselves with their rifles. As backup units responded to the scene, a witness approached one of them and provided a detailed description of the suspect. Officers tactically approached the suspect as he got into an SUV and detained him as well as two other people in the vehicle.
Officers located a handgun on the floorboard near the suspect, and also located four matching casings near the vehicle in the parking lot. After further investigation police arrested 25-year-old Tony James, of Fort Myers, for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed firearm.