Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; Aug. 4
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 wanted by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.
Andrew Slinkard (DOB 12/29/83) – wanted in Lee County for violation of probation on a robbery charge.
He was originally arrested after going to a convenience store in the middle of the night, where he threatened the clerk and demanded all the cash from the register. After grabbing the money, he hopped on his bicycle and drove away.
A short time later, the Sheriff’s Office was called about a suspicious male in front of another convenience store handing out dollar bills to random people walking by – Crime Stoppers said, he was telling people that he’d just won the lottery.
As it turns out, he was the same guy that just robbed the store about an hour earlier. Slinkard ended up spending about six months in jail for the crime, before being released on probation, which he has now violated.
In addition to this charge, he also has a prior arrest for fraud, where he used his brother’s name during a traffic stop to avoid being arrested for driving with a suspended license.
Slinkard is 6’1”, 170 pounds and was last known to be living in North Fort Myers. Upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.
Ronald Stewart (DOB 9/9/90) – wanted in Lee County for violation of probation on three counts of grand theft.
He was employed at a local store and was fraudulently using coupons to ring up sales, which he would then put in his pocket, instead of the register.
An audit of the store’s financials showed that Stewart did this not once, not twice, but 2,357 times for a total payout to him of $4,996.84.
When the theft finally came to light, Stewart lost his job and gained some time behind bars.
To date, he’s been booked 15 times before in Lee County for grand theft, burglary, property damage and battery charges.
Stewart is 6’1”, 195 pounds and has a tattoo of the word “love” on his left ring finger. Upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.
Joshua Weaver (DOB 1/12/79) – wanted in Collier County for violation of probation for two counts of grand theft auto and one count of criminal mischief with property damage.
He is accused of stealing cars from his former employer and from a random stranger who left the keys in the car while he ran into the gas station.
Weaver has 14 priors in Collier for charges that include fraud, resisting, battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the possession of meth and cocaine, and driving with a suspended license.
He’s also been jailed for child neglect, after he left a five-year-old child alone, who was found by police dirty, without shoes, hungry and thirsty.
Fortunately, deputies were able to get the child to safety, while transporting Weaver to jail. He was last known to be working as a plumber, with previous experience in the construction industry.
Weaver was last known to be living in Golden Gate and has a tattoo of “Dirty South” on his neck, with teardrops under his eye.
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