IMMOKALEE — Three Immokalee residents have been arrested in connection with a Handy Food Store robbery on Monday morning.
Randal Johnson, 19; Mikera Mungin, 19; and Dante Howard, 23, were arrested on armed robbery charges. Additional charges are pending.
Collier County sheriff's deputies say Howard entered the 415 New Market Road store shortly before 8 a.m. He fired one shot into the ceiling and then robbed the clerk at gunpoint. While at the store he also forced a witness to the ground at gunpoint, deputies say.
A witness saw Howard drive out of the store parking lot in a white Impala with a license plate that was orange with black lettering, the Sheriff's Office reported. Mungin and Johnson were passengers in the car.
Deputies spotted the Impala heading toward Lehigh Acres. They followed it until Howard pulled over and all three got out of the car and ran near the intersection of Eisenhower Boulevard and Candlelight Drive in Lehigh Acres.
Deputies with the Collier County and the Lee County sheriff's offices set up a perimeter and began looking for the suspects. A Lee County K-9 unit led deputies to two houses on Eisenhower Boulevard. Johnson was taken into custody after deputies found him hiding in the bushes outside one of the homes. Howard was inside 866 Eisenhower Boulevard and Mungin was inside 878 Eisenhower Boulevard.
Howard, Mungin and Johnson are being booked into the Lee County Jail.