Wrongly arrested over a typo, man reaches settlement with LCSO

Published: October 28, 2021 4:29 PM EDT
Updated: October 29, 2021 7:33 PM EDT

A Cape Coral man falsely arrested in 2018 has reached a settlement with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were searching for a man named Carlos Lobo, but found Carlos Lobos, with an “s” instead.

Lobo, the wanted man, was accused of sexual abuse.

Lobos sued over the case of mistaken identity and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office now has to pay Lobos $10,000 in the settlement.

Detectives interviewed Lobos and Lobos pleaded with deputies that he did not know the victim and denied his involvement in the case.

But, he ended up in a jail cell and hours later, he did get out but the damage was done to his name, reputation and family.

In a statement, the sheriff’s office said, in part, “at no time has the sheriff’s office admitted liability … And in this case, the dispute was amicably settled for an amount that was a mere fraction of what it would cost to defend the action.”

A judge did issue a warrant for the correct Lobo, no “s.” He’s now in Lee County Jail awaiting trial.

The attorney for Lobo said he cannot discuss the pending case.

Here is the full statement by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office:

At no time has the sheriff’s office admitted liability and there has been no determination that the sheriff’s office committed any wrongdoing.

The sheriff takes his obligation to wisely use taxpayers funds seriously, and in this case, the dispute was amicably settled for an amount that was a mere fraction of what it would cost to defend the action.

Here is the full statement on behalf of Carlos Lobo, by his attorney Robert Hines:

I do not have authority to discuss any of our pending cases with the media, I do not know when this case will be tried.