7-Eleven robbery under investigation in Gateway

Posted at 6:43 AM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 18:57:26-04


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Lee County Deputies are searching for two people who robbed a 7eleven at gunpoint, early Friday. 
According to deputies, three male suspects were involved in the robbery that happened just after 2 A.M. They stole an undisclosed amount of money. 
Deputies arrested one of the attackers, 19 year-old Darrell Griffin after he knocked on a nearby resident's home and asked to use the phone. According to his arrest report, he demanded for the 7eleven clerk on shift to lay face-down on the floor, and told his coworker to open a cash register. His coworker complied. Griffin then demanded the safe to be opened. The clerk told him he did not have access to the safe, after which Griffin became angry and threw the cash register drawer on the floor, hitting his leg.

The convenience store, located on the 12000th block of Gateway Boulevard and Griffin Drive, is in the middle of a residential area, surrounded by gated communities. Neighbors called the crime out of place. "We have a lot of police officers that live here in gateway. I think part of it is that it's a real nice neighborhood, we don't have a lot of crime or a lot of problem," said Ed Ryan, a nearby resident. 

The suspect's getaway was cut short when their car crashed. One person was caught and now facing charges, while the other two fled on foot. 
Deputies then started searching by a wooded area along State Road 82.
The proximity of the 7eleven to homes alarmed some people who live there. "Some of my friends were worried. They send their kids to the 7eleven," said Ryan. "I don't know how many send them out at 2 o'clockIn the morning, but there are kids there all the time"