North Fort Myers robbery suspect in custody
“The safety and security of all citizens is a top priority to me, and those who commit violent offenses in my county will be held accountable for their actions,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “My team is committed to investigating every lead until justice is rightfully served.”
On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, deputies responded to Stamatis Family Restaurant located at 1830 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, reference a just occurred robbery.
During the preliminary investigation, deputies made contact with the victim who advised a male entered the business wielding a knife and demanding money. The victim turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who then fled the scene in an unknown direction.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Detectives responded and assumed the investigation. Further investigation revealed the male suspect was wearing a light grey sweater and a red bandana slightly covering his face.
Due to the identity of the suspect still being unknown, detectives continued to conduct follow up in the hopes of locating him.
On the evening of Thursday, December 17, 2020, deputies responded to another in progress business robbery at Publix Supermarket, located at 4065 Hancock Bridge Parkway, Cape Coral, where upon arrival, the suspect was being held by a group of good Samaritans who quickly jumped into action.
Preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the pharmacy area of the store with a knife, demanding medications from the victim behind the counter. Due to the nature of the incident, Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the scene to investigate.
Through witness statements, review of surveillance footage, and good old fashion police work, detectives were able to quickly determine this suspect, later identified as Christopher McLain W/M D.O.B. 9/10/1989, was responsible for the robbery the day prior as well.
Based on the entirety of both investigations, the case detectives established probable cause to arrest McLain for two counts of robbery with a weapon and one outstanding violation of probation warrant for robbery.
McLain was transported to the Lee County Jail without incident for the aforementioned charges.