News Briefs, Marco Eagle, Feb. 7
East Naples woman says gunman tried to push into her apartment
Deputies with the Collier County Sheriff's Office arrested two young males Friday in connection with an attempted armed robbery in East Naples.
Daveion Cortez, 18, of Golden Gate, faces charges of burglary of a dwelling while armed, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and attempted robbery.
A younger male also was arrested and charged with burglary of a dwelling while armed and attempted robbery. His age was not listed on reports.
A woman told detectives she was held at gunpoint by one of the males outside her apartment in the 8000 block of Saddlebrook Circle about 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Arrest reports state the woman noticed the two males riding bicycles up to the front stairwell of her apartment building as she cleaned her patio. One of them walked up to her and asked whether someone named Eric lived there.
She said no, and one of the males moved in closer and asked the question again. When she moved toward her apartment, he pulled a handgun from under his sweatshirt and yelled at her not to move, according to reports.
The woman then tried to rush inside and shut the door, but he stopped it from closing and attempted to get inside.
The woman started screaming to her daughter-in-law, who was in another room with her infant, to call police, according to reports.
Both males fled, but deputies found them later in the day a couple of miles away at Noah's Landing Apartments, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Manager accused of falsifying refunds, stealing almost $48,000
A Golden Gate man is accused of stealing almost $48,000 as manager of a phone store over 13 months.
Ricardo Jesus Velazco Suarez, 33, faces one felony count of fraud by obtaining property worth less than $20,000. A court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27. He was released on a $5,000 bond.
Authorities allege Velazco Suarez, since January 2016, falsified refunds from Fast Wireless, 9960 Business Circle N., Suite 5, East Naples. That caused a $47,910 loss to the business, Collier County deputies reported.
A district manager for Fast Wireless told deputies Wednesday that they suspected Velazco Suarez was defrauding the business, reports state. They said Velazco Suarez used a stock-keeping unit (commonly known as an SKU) number 157 times between Jan. 8, 2016, and Jan. 28 2017, to create fictitious invoices totaling $47,910.
Refunds listed the names and addresses of Fast Wireless customers as being given the refunds, reports state.
Videos of five recent transactions showed no one was at the point of sale when he created the refund invoices, deputies reported.
In one video, Velazco Suarez is seen creating a refund invoice, removing cash from a drawer, putting it into an envelope and leaving the store, the arrest report states.
Another video shows Velazco Suarez, of the 5200 block of 32nd Avenue Southwest, applying a $449.99 credit to a prepaid debit card, deputies reported.
Sheriff's Office detectives met Thursday at the store with Velazco Suarez, who declined to speak with them without an attorney present.
East Naples man accused of firing at deputies is arrested when he returns home
Authorities last week arrested an East Naples man accused of firing at deputies after a domestic dispute Friday night.
Collier County deputies said they confronted Jorge Luis Jimenez, 19, as he tried to enter his home on Covey Lane in the Quail Roost community in East Naples about noon.
Jimenez ran from deputies patrolling the area but was arrested a couple of doors down after deputies chased him.
He faces a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer as well as multiple other related charges.
Deputies, using K-9 and aviation units, had been searching for Jimenez since he fled and fired three shots at them Friday night after he was involved in a domestic dispute at his home, the Sheriff's Office stated in a news release.
The shots did not strike any of the deputies, and nobody was injured. The gun thought to have been used by Jimenez was found during the initial search, according to the release.
Collier County deputies say naked man climbed atop building, tried to hide
A Golden Gate Estates man was arrested last weekafter he — wearing only sneakers — climbed on top of a building under construction and tried to hide from authorities in an air vent, deputies said.
George Fahmy, 38, faces three felony charges of trespassing in a construction zone, criminal mischief exceeding $1,000 and burglary of a structure causing damage over $1,000.
Palm Beach County has an active warrant for him alleging battery, according to a Collier County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
He was booked at the Naples Jail Center and will be extradited to Palm Beach once he has completed his charges, the report states.
Deputies responded to the 9000 block of Gervais Circle about 7:51 p.m. after a caller said he heard a noise coming from the bushes while he was taking out garbage and then saw a bald man jump out.
When deputies arrived, they saw a man — matching the description and later identified as Fahmy — climb on top of the building at Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road, the arrest report states. He was wearing nothing but a pair of sneakers, the report says.
Deputies said Fahmy ran from one side of the building to another in a "disoriented" and "agitated" state, according to the report.
Fahmy tried climbing the top of the second roof, "which is approximately 40 feet higher than the roof top," deputies wrote.
"At this point George appeared sweaty, disoriented and did not understand the commands given to him by deputies on the ground," the report states.
Fahmy continued to move around the rooftop, sometimes coming so close to the edge that deputies feared he would "slip and fall to the ground," their report states.
A Sheriff's Office helicopter pilot saw Fahmy on top of the roof after he made his way "inside the air unit on top of the building," the report states.
With help from the fire department, five deputies reached the roof and arrested Fahmy.
Deputies then searched the rooftop and noticed the grill protector and the metal fan that aired the vents were bent. They also said they found Fahmy's blood on the grill, the fan and the lock he broke to gain access to the vent.
"If given more time inside the vent, George would have gained access to inside of the building because the air ducts led inside of the structure," deputies wrote.
Fahmy was taken to Physicians Regional Hospital.
Deputies reported he told them he arrived at one of the Pelican Larry's restaurant bars about 5 p.m. and drank only "a Jack Daniel and a beer."
"George stated that he doesn't remember anything after that las(t) drink," deputies wrote.
Fahmy has been arrested three times since 2009 and faced charges ranging from battery to marijuana possession, arrest records show. He remained at the Naples Jail Center on Wednesday evening, with bail set at $25,000.