Collier County sheriff’s detectives arrested three men this week in connection with a violent December home invasion in Golden Gate Estates.
Nicholas R. Chandler, 23, whose address is not known by authorities; Charles W. “Woop Ass” Benz, 24, of the 2100 block of 17th Street Southwest, Golden Gate Estates; and Michael Andrew “Cookie” Cooke, 20, of the 1400 block of Apalachee Street, East Naples, are each facing felony charges of armed home invasion robbery and grand theft $20,000 to $100,000.
Authorities say Chandler, Benz, Cooke and a fourth man, Carlos Darren Walker, confronted a man and a woman in their yard in the 1100 block of 11th Street Southwest in December. One of the suspects displayed a handgun and forced the victims inside the house where they found a third victim.
All three victims were tied up, their phones were smashed and the house was ransacked, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash, jewelry and other items.
Chandler was arrested Wednesday at the Collier County jail, where he was being held on felony charges stemming from two other home invasion robberies in December and January.
Benz and Cooke were arrested Tuesday.
Walker, 23, of Fort Myers, was arrested on Feb. 1, also on armed robbery and grand theft charges.