FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fort Myers Police arrested one man and are still looking for two others after a meeting arranged on Facebook turned dangerous for the victim.
Last night, just after 10:15 p.m., police responded to Little Caesars, located at 3926 Palm Beach Blvd., to meet with a robbery victim from Port Charlotte.
He said that he met one of the suspects, later identified as 18-year-old Reginald Cook, through Facebook and the two made arrangements to meet in person at 947 Van Buren Street.
When the victim exited his Toyota Camry and approached the residence, Cook appeared from the shadows alongside the structure and motioned for him to come over. When the victim approached, an unknown male with a firearm ordered him to the ground. A second unknown male appeared and the three men then allegedly robbed the victim. The three men took the keys to the victim's vehicle and fled.
The victim was unfamiliar with the area and walked to Little Caesars to report the crime.
Cook was positively identified through the investigation and was located a few hours later on the 4000 block of Bell Street. He faces charges of robbery with a firearm and theft of a motor vehicle.
FMPD continues to investigate the identities of Cook’s accomplices. The victim's vehicle has been recovered and secured as evidence. Anyone with information is asked to a call FMPD Detective Myra King at 321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the robbery suspects could be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.