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CCPD charges teen in home invasion robbery

February 22, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral detectives have made an arrest in a Jan. 29 robbery at a residence at 4200 S.W. Third Ave.

Ronald Eugene Ashley III, 16, of 1522 N.W. 19th St., was arrested and charged Thursday with home invasion robbery and aggravated battery.

On Jan. 29, Steven Northcutt was on his patio when two people wearing masks stormed his house. They pointed a semi-automatic pistol at Northcutt and demanded that he open his safe. During the robbery, a struggle ensued and Northcutt was pistol whipped by one of the robbers.

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Ronald Eugene Ashley III

The two fled the scene with approximately $20,000 in cash and rare silver coins, among other items.

A neighborhood canvass revealed surveillance video from a neighbor of a dark-colored Nissan Armada casing the area before the robbery and leaving the neighborhood after the crime, according to police. Detectives went to work developing suspects and eventually developed Ashley.

The result of surveillance and witness interviews established probable cause for Ashley's arrest.

Detectives are still investigating and searching for the second person involved.

"This was the result of good fortune (having the surveillance video), solid detective work and determination," Lt. Tony Sizemore, spokesman for the Cape police, said.

Source: Cape Coral Police Department



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