The Fort Myers Police Department responded to the intersection of Golfview and Cleveland Avenues around 2:06 am in reference to a shots fired call. As officers searched the area, they were approached by a man who said someone shot at him approximately a block away from the location. The man further told officers that he had shared a taxi ride with another man and they had agreed to split the fare. However, the other man refused to pay the taxi fare which led to a confrontation between the two men.
As the men were arguing over the fare, a woman instructed the man to shoot at the victim. After the shooting, the victim fled the scene. Police were able to locate and identify the shooting suspects as 28-year-old Carrasquillo Ortiz and 33-year-old Stephanie Mesa. Both Ortiz and Mesa are charged with aggravated assault without intent to kill. Following their arrest, Oritz and Mesa were taken to the Lee County Jail.
Fort Myers Assault and Battery LawyerIf you are facing assault or battery charges in Florida, you could be looking at major consequences. Aggravated assault is a third-degree felony and is one of the most serious assaults and battery charges. Under Florida law, an aggravated assault charge is a third-degree felony which can result in fines of up to $5,000.00, five years of probation and potentially up to 25 years in prison. When a firearm is involved, the crime can be enhanced to a higher level with harsher punishments.
When you have been charged with an assault or battery offense in Fort Myers or surrounding areas, your freedom is in jeopardy. Prosecutors in Florida are tough on crimes of aggravated assault when a firearm or other deadly weapon is involved. The stakes are high in these cases and an experienced criminal defense attorney is needed to make sure your rights are protected.
At Musca Law, we fight for you and we hold the prosecution to their burden of proof. We will ensure that you receive a full defense when you have been charged with a crime. For assistance and a free consultation, please call 800-687-2252.
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