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Homeless man charged with attempted kidnapping of two women

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Posted at 2:03 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 14:11:04-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Police arrested a man at a Cape Coral convenience store Tuesday night after he allegedly tried to kidnap two women.

34-year-old Bryan Gibson is facing two counts of False Imprisonment, two counts of Petit Theft, Battery, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and four counts Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Investigators say the two victims had been helping Gibson move out of the Casa Loma Hotel, and after they loaded his property, he started driving north on Del Prado Boulevard with the two women. Along the way, he asked the women to place their cellphones in the center console, because he "was concerned that they were being tracked," police say.

A short time later, Gibson threw the phones out the window.

The women immediately asked to get out, but Gibson locked the doors. When Gibson pulled in the 7-Eleven at Viscaya Parkway, the women attempted to get out, but Gibson pulled the women back in.

Eventually the women managed to get out and ran into the store, where they locked the door and asked the clerk to call the police.

Officers responded and took Gibson into custody, and found a knife and LSD in his pocket. After a K9 detected possible illegal substance in the car, a search revealed drug paraphernalia inside.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in the Lee County Jail on $28,500 bond.