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Resident takes action after second suspicious encounter reported in Cape Coral

Posted at 10:33 PM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 22:49:26-04

A second suspicious incident reported to Cape Coral police involving an unknown man approaching a child has encouraged one resident to protect his community by patrolling the streets.

According to Cape Coral Police,  the most recent incident was reported by a witness. The witness claims a man in a brown SUV began speaking to a young girl near a school bus stop along NE 6th Avenue and 27th Terrace Tuesday afternoon.

Some suspect the man may have been trying to lure the child into his vehicle.

The incident was not reported to the public by authorities. A spokesperson for the Cape Coral police department says it's because a detailed description of the suspect wasn't given and the victim couldn't be found.

"It's literally 7 or 8 blocks away from where I live so it's right there in my neighborhood," said David Fazzone, Cape Coral resident.

Fazzone is a former officer from South Carolina. He equipped his vehicle with rear and front-facing cameras after a close call with another driver. But recently he's been using his vehicle to patrol his neighborhood for suspicious behavior.

" I get tired of hearing about these people that just think they can just do what they want especially with kids, I mean really? I get sick of it," said Fazzone.

News of a second suspicious encounter in Cape Coral in less than two weeks encouraged Fazzone to patrol the school bus stop where the alleged incident occurred.

"I'm trying to protect people even though I'm not wearing the badge anymore," said Fazzone.

Back on March 22nd, a boy riding his bike near the Sandoval community was approached by a man in a red SUV, who asked the child to take his picture.

Fazzone patrols the streets in his free time and forwards any suspicious video he captures to authorities. For now Fazzone says he's simply trying to be a good witness, and he urges others to do the same. He says residents should never attempt to do an officer's job.

"Honestly, you don't want to take that ride. Allow the police officers to do their job. Be a good witness that's the best tool a police officer can use," said Fazoone.