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Homeless man arrested for two armed robberies in two days

Posted at 10:29 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 00:38:34-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies arrested a homeless man for two armed robberies that occurred this week.

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, deputies say Christopher McLain, 31, was wearing a light grey sweater and a red bandana slightly covering his face when he entered Stamatis Family Restaurant, 1830 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. He was wielding a knife and demanding money. The victim turned over an undisclosed amount of cash and McLain fled on foot.

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The next evening, another robbery occurred at Publix Supermarket, 4065 Hancock Bridge Pkwy., in Cape Coral. McLain entered the pharmacy area of the store with a knife, demanding medications from behind the counter.

When deputies arrived, McLain was being held by a group of good Samaritans who quickly jumped into action to stop him.

McLain is facing two counts of robbery with a weapon and one outstanding violation of probation warrant for robbery.