- 14-Year-Old Pulled Gun at 7-11
- It’s Her Second Armed Robbery Charge This Year
- She Will Likely Be Charged as an Adult and Face a 10-year sentence under 10/20/Life
I was going to start this post with a “Meanwhile, in North Fort Myers… ” but my last post also took place in North Fort Myers, too. Deputies say a 14-year-old girl committed an armed robbery of a 7-11 on Pondella yesterday. That is shocking in its own right, but some intrepid commenters to the LCSO Facebook page pointed out that a child with the same name was arrested for an armed robbery in Cape Coral in July. The girl apparently lied about her age the first time around, and claimed to be 17.
The previous incident, the girl allegedly acted as a getaway driver for a young man who robbed a Marathon in the Cape, and wrecked the car in Collier County, where they were both captured and charged. Florida law does not permit bonds on juvenile cases, the courts can only hold a juvenile for 21 days, or until they are convicted, which can take several months. The State may decide to charge her as an adult, in light of the fact that they don’t want to release her, and since this is her second offense. They can also still go back and charge the first offense as an adult, provided she hasn’t been sentenced yet. She could be facing 10/20/Life on the latest charge, if she is charged as an adult.
Clearly there are some major issues here for such a young individual to have multiple serious charges… to even have access to firearms is generally illegal. Crimcourts has chosen not to name her, due to her age and that she has not been charged as an adult. The law enforcement press releases do name her age, and are linked below:
Earlier arrest: http://www.capecops.com/newsroom/2014/7/19/armed-robbery-in-north-cape-coral-ends-with-crash-on-alligator-alley