Fort Myers man arrested after random attacks in Lehigh Acres this month

Published: January 22, 2022 3:49 PM EST
Updated: January 22, 2022 3:57 PM EST
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carlton gary Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office

A man was arrested on Saturday afternoon following two random attacks in Lehigh Acres this month.

SWFL Crime Stoppers says the suspect has been identified as Carlton Gary, 44.

Authorities say Gary is suspected of a battery on a 40-year-old woman at a Dollar Tree store on Lee Boulevard on Jan. 13. Deputies say he randomly struck the victim inside the store without any provocation then walked out.

Detectives believe this same man battered a 70-year-old man in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in the 2000-block of Lee Blvd. on Jan. 12 just before 11 a.m. It was a random attack where the suspect walked towards the victim’s vehicle and began punching him.

Investigators say neither of the two people the man attacked knew him.

Gary has been taken into custody and could face charges of burglary with assault or battery, aggravated battery on a person 65+ and second-degree petit theft.