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Rfeal Wigfals, 60. Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Man receives 2 life sentences for 2017 Fort Myers armed robbery

A Fort Myers man has received two life sentences for the 2017 armed robbery of a Fort Myers Family Dollar store, according to 20th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Amira D. Fox.

Rfeal Wigfals was given the sentences after being found guilty of robbery with a deadly weapon while masked and possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon while masked.

The verdict came following a two-day trial in Lee County that ended earlier in August. Wigfals was given life on each count as a prison releasee re-offender and habitual violent felony offender.

The robbery happened in 2017 in the Dunbar area of Fort Myers. Wigfals is said to have entered the store as employees were closing for the night.

One of the employees was on the phone with her daughter at the time, who immediately called 911. She then called her father, who lives around the corner and was waiting up for his wife to come home from work.

The employee’s husband rushed to the store and as he pulled up in his truck, his headlights caught Wigfals’ attention, giving the manager, who was currently being held at gunpoint, a chance to get the gun away from him.

He lunged for the weapon, but was only able to gain control of Wigfals’ arm and where he was pointing the gun.

The husband of the clerk saw what was going on inside and came in, tackling Wigfals to the ground. He was able to get the gun out of his hand, then held him down demanding to know where his wife was.

As the struggle continued, officers with the Fort Myers police arrived on scene and took Wigfals into custody.

The manager was okay and the clerk was safe, as she had run to a back room and locked herself inside.

Writer:Briana Harvath
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