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Teen's Time Runs Out UPDATE
Saturday, February 9, 2013

A second teenager is now charged in connection with the Wendy's robbery which occurred two days ago.  Anthony Ross-Spagone, age 16 (d.o.b. 7-13-96) of 2320 Andros Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida was located Friday evening.  Detectives identified Ross-Spagone as a long-time friend and associate of Kristian Foster who was arrested Thursday.  Witness statements and video surveillance confirmed Ross-Spagone was with Foster Thursday night.  Coupled with evidence retrieved from the scene he has been arrested on the following charges:

  • 3 counts of robbery with a firearm
  • 3 counts kidnapping
  • 1 count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • 1 count carjacking with a firearm
  • 1 count wearing a mask to conceal identity
  • 1 count person engaged in criminal offense having a weapon.

 
Ross-Spagone has been turned over to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice for processing.  An inmate photo and additional information is available on the Sheriff's Office website at www.sheriffleefl.org under the Crime Activity tab / Inmate Search. 

Media inquiries are directed to Lieutenant Larry King, Public Information Officer, via pager. 

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(Original Press Release - Thursday, February 7, 2013)

A sixteen-year-old Fort Myers youth has been charged in connection with an early morning armed robbery.  Kristian Steven Foster of 15631 Sunny Crest Lane, has been charged with multiple counts in the violent felony crime which began with a 9-1-1 call today at 1:51 a.m.  Deputies responded to the Wendy's restaurant located near the intersection of Palm Beach Boulevard and Buckingham Road, Fort Myers.  The caller advised he had encountered an armed subject who tried to carjack him when attempting to pick up an employee of the restaurant after closing.  The victim was able to drive away as Foster fired a round from a handgun at the car.  The man was not injured in the altercation.

Deputies converged in rapid succession with one of two suspects seen running south from the business.  He was described as an Hispanic male wearing all black and was able to elude capture.  Meanwhile, Foster had re-entered the restaurant and continued to rob employees of their personal valuables, as well as cash from the business.  As he exited the door on the east side of the building, he displayed his gun and a deputy ordered him to drop it.  When the suspect failed to do so, the deputy was forced to shoot.  The round missed Foster who retreated back in the business and exited the door on the west side, where again he failed to surrender his gun immediately and was fired upon by the deputy.  It was then Foster dropped the gun, but failed continued orders to stop resisting arrest. 

After a short struggle, Foster was successfully handcuffed and secured in a patrol car.  He was positively identified as one of the robbers.  As a result, he has been charged as follows:

  • 3 counts of robbery with a firearm
  • 3 counts kidnapping
  • 1 count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • 1 count shooting into an occupied conveyance
  • 1 count resisting arrest,
  • 1 count carjacking with a firearm
  • 1 count wearing a mask to conceal identity
  • 1 count person engaged in criminal offense having a weapon.

Foster has been turned over to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice for processing.  An inmate photo and additional information is available on the Sheriff's Office website at www.sheriffleefl.org under the Crime Activity tab / Inmate Search. 

The investigation continues into the likelihood Foster is responsible for at least two other robberies over the past week.  Additionally, his accomplice or accomplices are still be sought at this time.  If anyone has information on identity and whereabouts of his associate(s), please call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477). Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org via text to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD or through the TipSubmit app on any Smart phone

Media inquiries are directed to the Public Information Officer at (239) 477-1340

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