I-75 road rage shooting suspect arrested in Cape Coral on attempted murder charge
A Cape Coral man allegedly involved in an Interstate 75 road-rage shooting Wednesday in Collier County is facing multiple felony charges.
Thomas Vincent Yanoti III, 61, of SW 11th Ave., charged with attempted second-degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm, was taken into custody by Cape Coral Police Department officers at his residence Thursday morning.
Yanoti remained held on an out-of-county arrest warrant in Lee County Jail on $1.5 million bond.
“Southwest Florida is safer this morning with this person off our streets,” said Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. “I commend our detectives for their diligence in identifying this individual and I thank our partners at Cape Coral Police Department for safely taking him into custody.”
Thomas Vincent Yanoti III fired shots through the victim’s windshield
Deputies were called to I-75 at Immokalee Road shortly after 3 p.m. to a report of shots fired into a vehicle.
Investigation found that Yanoti’s vehicle hit the victim’s vehicle from behind as both were merging onto I-75 north at Immokalee Road. The victim pulled to the side of the onramp to exchange driver information, and Yanati pulled ahead of him and stopped.
Yanoti exited his car, walked toward the victim’s car, pulled out a firearm and began firing shots through the victim’s windshield.
The victim laid across the front seat to avoid the gunfire as Yanoti continued to shoot. When the gunshots stopped the victim sat back up but Yanoti fired again.
Yanoti got back in his car and drove north on I-75.
The victim, whose identity was not provided by the Sheriff's Office due to Marsy’s Law, was not hit by bullets but was injured by shattered glass fragments hitting his body.