Two brothers arrested in a Coastland Center mall dispute originally dispatched to police as a “hostage situation” will not face formal charges. Prosecutors filed notices last week that they would not charge Iyad Ibrahimm 30, and Ali Ibrahim, 27, with a crime related to the incident earlier this month at Men’s Palace. Both men would have been arraigned on Monday.
The brothers had been arrested on one charge each of felony false imprisonment.
Naples Police responded to the store around 1 p.m. on Dec. 1 after initial scanner reports indicated a man was being held at gunpoint. Instead, they found a store employee who claimed the brothers kept him in a back room of the store and accused him of owing them money.
Kevin Argueta, an employee of four years at Men’s Palace, told police the brothers demanded he pay them $11,000 or face jail.
The brothers told police they believed Argueta was stealing from them.
An empty gun, a .40-caliber pistol, was found under a register at the store, and 10 .40-caliber hollow point bullets were found in Iyad Ibrahim’s pockets, according to a police report.
Ali Ibrahim is a managing partner of the retail clothing shop, which has stores around Southwest Florida.
According to the police report, the Ibrahims confronted Argueta in a back room, telling him they had surveillance footage of him stealing money from the store in Bonita Springs. Ibrahim had a pistol in his waistband, Argueta told police.
Told to come up with the money, Argueta was allowed to phone his sister. She called police.
The brothers told detectives they never touched or threatened Argueta, and they said they never pointed the gun at him.
A message to a State Attorney’s Office spokeswoman late Monday was not immediately returned.
False imprisonment is a third-degree felony that carries a maximum 5-year prison sentence and $5,000 in fines.