Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature three of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; Oct. 7
This weekly WINK News segment features fugitives from justice right here in Southwest Florida.
This is your chance to help out the community and give the tip that gets these people off the street. These suspects need to be found – and you can help. If you have seen them, reach out to Crime Stoppers or your local law enforcement. Call 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
Here are three fugitives, and one vehicle with unknown suspects inside, wanted by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.
Samuel Ortiz Del Valle (DOB 6/24/85) – wanted in Lee County for DUI, the possession of cocaine, two counts of property damage, leaving the scene of an accident, and fleeing and eluding law enforcement.
His current situation stems from an incident over the summer when officers responded to a large crowd in front of a gentleman’s club.
When Ortiz Del Valle saw deputies pull up, he took off in his car, first hitting a parked car and then running over a pedestrian.
He led police on a chase for about a mile, refusing to pull over, until he finally chose to pull into the parking lot of a fire station
Ortiz Del Valle was very, very intoxicated and was completely unable to begin field sobriety tests due to his impaired state. Deputies also found a baggie of cocaine in his pocket. He was arrested that night, then released.
Last week, a judge decided to rescind his release and issued a new warrant for his arrest. He’s got 13 prior bookings on charges of battery, weapons offenses, aggravated assault, burglary and theft.
He is 5’7”, 170 pounds with a tattoo of the Puerto Rican flag on his right shoulder and a crown on his back.
William Rogers (DOB 4/14/72) – wanted in Lee County on an order revoking pretrial release for burglary and domestic violence by strangulation.
This stems from an incident two months ago when he broke into an ex-girlfriend’s house and tried to steal a television set.
That verbal altercation quickly turned physical, with Rogers choking the woman nearly to the point of unconsciousness.
He spent two and a half months in the Lee County Jail, and he’s only been out for three weeks now – and a judge has ordered for his return to a jail cell.
He has seven previous bookings, is 5’11”, 200 pounds. He could be using the aliases of James David or David Wiggins.
Wesley Jean (DOB 7/25/81) – wanted in Collier County on a capias for conspiracy to traffic cocaine (400 grams or more), and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.
His most recent occupation is listed as ‘unemployed’, with past work as a car detailer.
He’s has a local arrest history for the sale/possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a house of worship and possession of cocaine with the intent to sell.
Jean is last known to be living in the Ave Maria area, or possibly Immokalee.
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a vehicle suspected of being involved in a recent theft of nearly $100,000 worth of copper pipes.
According to the sheriff’s office, a driver in a pickup truck pulling a trailer was caught on camera by a nearby business after stealing a trailer-load of copper pipes from the WINK transmitter site in Charlotte County.
The theft happened overnight at the site between July 23 and 24 on State Road 31, just north of Cook Brown Road.
After cutting a gate, the thieves loaded up 62 copper pipes that were 25 feet in length and weighed about 100 lbs. each.
The suspect vehicle is being identified as an early 2000s blue Dodge Dakota.
Thieves also stole 12,000 feet of copper wire from streetlight control boxes on SR-82 near Columbus Boulevard in Lehigh Acres between August 3 and August 7. That copper is valued at $30,000. If you have information on this crime, you can call Crime Stoppers at the number below. You may be eligible for an additional $1,000 reward.
If you have a tip on the whereabouts of any of these wanted suspects contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers
1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or