ESTERO, Fla. ---- The man charged with shooting into a crowded Lee County restaurant last week has been located and arrested in North Carolina.
Information gathered by the U.S. Marshal's Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force led to the determination that Jose Martins might be hiding out in a small town in western North Carolina. With the assistance of Marshals in North Carolina, Martins was located at a hotel in Boone, North Carolina, where he was arrested late this afternoon in the parking lot after walking out of his room.
Martins will be held in North Carolina pending extradition to Florida. Once back in Lee County, Martins faces charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Firing a Deadly Missile into an Occupied Building.
ESTERO, Fla - Nearly a week since shots were fired inside the House of Brewz at Gulf Coast Town Center, there's no sign of the alleged shooter, Jose Martins.
"I have a feeling he doesn't want to give himself up, that's the danger of this whole situation," said Carlos Martins, Jose's father. "I'm afraid for my son and for my life because my son he has tried to kill the entire family."
Carlos Martins now lives in Philadelphia and said his son has suffered from a mental illness for a year and a half. He's also had training as a law enforcement officer.
"He claims he has an electronic chip in his brain. He has been complaining about that for quite some time, over a year and he accused the FBI of having something to do with this," said Martins.
Deputies said he was last seen driving an orange Pontiac Vibe. If you see the suspect, do not approach him and call 911.