CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Around 6:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to 2800 Santa Barbara Blvd. in reference to the shots being fired. The victim reported that he was riding his bike when a vehicle sped past him. When he rode up next to the car at the stop light, he told the driver that he needed to slow down. The driver began yelling and threatening the victim. The victim rode away when the light changed and the vehicle swerved towards him, cutting in front of him. The driver got out and began threatening to beat up the victim.
Three other motorists witnessed the victim being threatened. They feared for his safety and stopped to assist him.
A female passenger was in the suspect vehicle. She moved to the driver seat and she began yelling to Ruiz to get into the car. He got into the passenger seat and as they drove by, he pointed a semi-automatic handgun towards the victims and then fired four shots into the air. As the vehicle turned south onto Santa Barbara Boulevard, the male turned and fired a shot at the four victims. One of the victims reported that he heard the bullet go past him very close. One of the motorists followed the suspect vehicle, but lost it in the 100 block of SE 30th Street. The vehicle was described as a maroon Ford Fusion, 4-door, with Georgia license plate.
Police began searching for the vehicle and suspect that the victims had described. A similar vehicle was located backed into the driveway at 325 SE 30th Street. When officers approached they noticed that the license was the same as described by the victims. A subject came outside of 325 SE 30th Street and when he saw officers near the residence, he ran back inside and then re-exited. Officers detained the subject and eventually (after a perimeter was established on the house and the Cape Coral Police Department SWAT team responded) the other occupants exited the residence after multiple requests.
Ruiz was identified by the victims as the suspect.
Based upon the investigation, Ruiz was placed under arrest for four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm/Deadly Weapon and later transported to the Lee County Jail.