Woman robbed, attacked at south Fort Myers Days Inn; suspects on the loose

Published: December 24, 2021 9:44 AM EST
Updated: December 24, 2021 5:07 PM EST

A woman was robbed and attacked at a Days Inn in south Fort Myers early Friday morning, and the hunt is on for a pair of suspects.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers describes two men who demanded cash from and then pistol-whipped a woman at the Days Inn located at 11435 S. Cleveland Avenue just after midnight. They left in a light-colored Ford Edge with a unique trim piece on the hood.

There are some similarities between last week’s hotel assault in Cape Coral and this one, but law enforcement isn’t ready to connect the dots.

The woman is recovering from the attack.

Crimestoppers Coordinator Trish Routte, said, “she didn’t know the guys, so it’s a very unusual crime for her to be attacked in the safety and security of her hotel room where she should be safe. And not been in danger especially to a violent and brutal crime like this.”

One week prior, there was an assault at a Holiday Inn in Cape Coral. The two victims there were beaten, robbed, and sexually assaulted by two men at gunpoint.

“It’s too early to determine whether or not the two instances are related. I know there are some similarities between the two, but you know, it’s very early in the investigation. So, as the investigation goes on, we may be able to determine that, but at this point, we have no evidence to link it to,” said Routte.

There was no description of the Cape Coral attackers released, but Crimestoppers has one key piece of information from the south Fort Myers attack it hopes will help identify the men from this attack. A unique trim piece on the hood of the light-colored ford edge they were driving.

Still from camera footage of two suspected robbers and their vehicle. Credit: SWFL Crime Stoppers

Routte said, “at the end of the day we have two very violent offenders out there attacking randomly. This woman, and who knows who else. So, it’s a critical of importance that we find out who they are and we get them back to a jail cell real soon.”

If you have any information on who these suspects may be, you can call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477 or submit a tip online or on the P3 Tips mobile app. If your anonymous tip leads to their identification or arrests, you will receive a cash reward.