7 Most Wanted Wednesday fugitives captured, thanks in part to your tips
Our WINK News viewers in Southwest Florida have been busy calling in tips to help capture fugitives in Southwest Florida. Seven suspects featured on Most Wanted Wednesday have been arrested since September 1.
Trish Routte with SWFL Crime Stoppers said, “WINK’s viewers play an integral part in the arrests.” So keep the tips coming.
Here are the seven fugitives:
Mark Hughes (DOB 3/30/67) – Was wanted in Lee County on a bench warrant for failure to appear for DUI (three or more within 10 years) and carrying a concealed weapon. His current charge stems from an incident where a motorist saw him driving erratically down a major roadway in Cape Coral while downing a bottle of alcohol.
Cape Coral Police caught up with the driver quickly and stopped him in a shopping center parking lot.
They said that Hughes reeked of alcohol and was far too impaired to complete field sobriety tests. A search of his car turned up an open bottle of vodka, cocaine and a large knife tucked next to the drivers seat.
Hughes was immediately arrested and charged with the DUI and spent nearly five months in the Lee County Jail. He was released under the guise that he would show back up for a subsequent court hearing, which he has since failed to do. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest on July 20th.
Hughes has six previous bookings in Lee County for drug possession, concealed weapons charges, multiple counts of battery/domestic violence, as well as probation violations.
Jordon Cullen (DOB 7/20/89) – Was wanted in Lee County on an order revoking pretrial supervision for resisting and the possession of drugs.
Cullen was originally arrested last month after being spotted shooting up drive underneath a stranger’s carport. When deputies arrived on scene to ask her to leave, she became highly combative and tried to fight with officers.
Cullen is a registered convicted felon with 19 bookings under her belt. Among the charges she’s been arrested for are theft, fraud, dealing in stolen property, battery and drug possession. She’s also spent a year in the state Department of Corrections for trafficking in stolen property.
Charles Meadows (DOB 9/27/55) – Was wanted in Lee County for violation of probation on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
This stems from an incident when he kicked his female roommate’s door down and barged into her room, screaming a tirade of racial slurs about people with whom she associated. He was also demanding sex from the woman.
After retreating for a few minutes, he returned with a knife in one hand and a sledgehammer in the other, saying that he was going to drag her out of the house and killer her. The victim managed to run past Meadows and call 911 for help.
Meadows ended up spending three months in the Lee County Jail for that crime and was released on terms of probation. He since violated those terms.
Samuel Ortiz Del Valle (DOB 6/24/85) – Was 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 beach gentleman’s club.
When Ortiz Del Valle saw LCSO 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 has 13 prior bookings on charges of battery, weapons offenses, aggravated assault, burglary and theft.
William Rogers (DOB 4/14/72) – Was 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.
William Karrels (DOB 12/28/90) – Was wanted in Lee County on a bench warrant for failure to appear for burglary of a dwelling, theft and criminal mischief.
Police say he got caught red-handed breaking into a doctor’s office, where he was trying to steal prescription drugs. But in the process, he set off the alarm, which brought FMPD directly to the scene.
Even though he tried to hide, a K-9 tracked him down. To date, he’s been booked 22 times in Lee County for multiple counts of battery, resisting, fraud, theft, robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and domestic violence.
Jason Dahlquist (DOB 1/14/82) – Was wanted in Lee County for violation of probation for credit card fraud and grand theft.
He’s accused of stealing two credit cards from the victim, who was out of the country on a seven-day cruise. When the victim returned, she noticed the cards missing and was alerted by her credit card companies about potential fraud.
As it turned out, there were 45 attempts to use one credit card, all of which were declined; her second card was used 11 times successfully, to the tune of about $900 in charges. An investigation into the case showed the Dahlquist was the one making fraudulent charges on her card.
To date, he’s been arrested five times locally for the illegal use of credit cards, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, grand theft auto, fraud, resisting and drug possession.
If you have a tip on the whereabouts of any of the wanted suspects featured on Most Wanted Wednesday, 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