Armed gunman arrested after 3 hour search

Posted at 10:47 AM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 06:12:42-04

UPDATE: Police surrounded Tri-Circle Pavers on Jeffcott Street at Evans Avenue in response to reports of an armed gunman on the property Wednesday, which ended with an arrest. 

Police found the suspect, 18-year-old Melvin Curry and arrested him on burglary charges. The search took about three hours to track down Curry and this is not his first time he's been to TriCircle Pavers. 

According to police, the gunman is the same man caught in surveillance video last week, carrying a firearm. Authorities say he stole a bike from the business and left disturbing messages.  

"He was armed with a handgun, we have witnesses on scene who had eyeballs on him that's who gave us the description" said Captain Mulligan. 

Police say no shots were fired during the incident, and no one was hurt. But near-by business owner Paul who was packing up his business today, says  fears of becoming a victim of violence prompted the move. 

"I can't do business here. This is not a good environment for my business" said Paul. "I picked the perfect day to move". 


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A man with an unknown beef with a Fort Myers business has left his mark in its walls.

Investigators say the man spray painted several cryptic messages and stole a bicycle from Tri-Circle Pavers on Jeffcott Street in Fort Myers last week.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the man entered the businesses compound shortly after they closed on Wednesday, March 30th.  He is seen on video meandering around before using spray paint to write "Satan is my father" on the wall.

Inside the mechanic shop, he spray painted “Stop doing fabers (sic) for people in the US and people like u won’t have problems” and “Blame Ms Tinfield and Sargent Brison.”  In addition, several pallets and cement walls were also tagged with symbols and other wording.  After the suspect completed his painting, he stole a green 10 speed Schwinn bicycle with a pink bell from inside the business.

Last week, the Fort Myers Police Department reported an armed robbery at the same business early that same morning.

It is unclear if the two incidents are related.