People forced out their homes near downtown Fort Myers after heavy police presence

Police cars surrounded homes near downtown Fort Myers and eventually forced neighbors outside early Thanksgiving morning on Cranford Avenue. The person police were looking for, however, managed to get away.

Neighbors say they are a bit on edge but are just happy that all of the kids are okay. WINK News spoke to one person who told us that police woke him up around 5:30 a.m. and told him to leave his home.

It was a confusing and alarming situation for everyone involved. We now know that the call came in as a domestic violence incident. The girlfriend has minor injuries and the children are doing okay.

Neighbors say they’re sad that this happened at all but especially on Thanksgiving.

Frank Burgos lives nearby. “There were a lot of police cars out here this morning. Kind of sad to see on Thanksgiving,” said Burgos.

Neil Wilkinson is another neighbor. “When I seen the tape up I said ‘Oh my God, I hope he didn’t kill his wife!’ Because I’ve been here six years. Nothing, ever. Nothing!” said Wilkinson.

The hunt for the suspect is far from over. As soon as WINK News knows the whereabouts of the subjects, we will update you.

Reporter:Morgan Rynor
Writer:Drew Hill
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