Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; Oct. 6
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.
Travis Thomas (DOB 11/29/89) wanted in Lee County on a bench warrant for failure to appear on two counts of failing to register as a sexual offender.
According to detectives, Thomas had been sneaking around having a sexual “relationship” with a 14-year-old girl, climbing in and out of her window at night when the adults in the house were asleep.
He was eventually caught and arrested for the crimes and spent just over four months in the Lee County Jail before being found guilty.
He was eventually released on probation and with the condition that, as a sex offender, he would continue to keep tabs with law enforcement on his place of residence.
Thomas has now been off the radar for a couple of months, which has triggered this new warrant for his arrest.
He is 5’8”, 180 pounds, with 13 previous bookings under his belt, on additional charges of drugs and theft. Thomas was last known to be a transient living in the area of downtown Fort Myers.
Barry Shields (DOB 4/5/79) wanted in Lee County for violation of drug offender probation for robbery by sudden snatching.
This charge stems from an incident when he approached a woman in a grocery store parking lot while she was loading bags into her car.
Shields tried to grab the woman’s purse off her shoulders, causing the woman to fall to the ground with minor injuries.
Witnesses saw Shields take off and were able to give police enough information to track him down at a nearby apartment complex.
He spent just over a month behind bars for the crime and was eventually placed on probation.
To date, he’s got 14 bookings under his belt in Lee County alone, coupled with four years in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections for a multitude of theft charges out of Osceola County.
Shields is 5’9”, 160 pounds, and was last known to be living in south Lee County.
Mark Stubbs (DOB 6/5/61) wanted in Lee County for violation of probation for DUI (fourth or more). This new warrant comes on the heels of an accident he caused in North Fort Myers when he pulled in front of a car, causing injuries to himself and the driver of the other vehicle.
At the hospital, Stubbs’ blood showed that he was impaired far above the legal limit, resulting in him being charged with eight different infractions for DUI, property damage, and driving without a license.
Stubbs has previous DUIs in California, Texas, and Michigan.
As a result of all those DUI incidents, Stubbs’ driving privileges had been revoked but he chose to continue to get behind the wheel impaired. Stubbs also has a previous arrest for battery, when he assaulted a male who had limited walking ability.
The victim said he was pushed to the ground and choked by Stubbs nearly to the point of unconsciousness.
Stubbs is 6’1”, 175 pounds, and was last known to be living in North Fort Myers.
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