Lehigh Acres stabbing turns fatal; suspect in custody

April 16, 2018

Press release

At approximately 8:40 pm on Saturday, April 14, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service in reference to a stabbing on the 1800 block of Acacia Avenue in Lehigh Acres.

The caller was one of two victims attacked by the suspect, Michael Swisher, a 26-year-old white male.  Swisher was well-known to the family and long-time family friend.

Deputies arrived on scene and located both victims in the driveway of the home.  The caller, a 46-year-old male, and the second victim, Tara Binkley, a 47-year-old female, were both transported to a local hospital where both immediately underwent surgery.

Prior to our arrival, the suspect fled on foot.  LCSO’s Aviation Unit and K-9 units responded and Swisher was located hiding in a wooded area near Clark Avenue.  The suspect resisted arrest and was apprehended by our K-9, after which he was transported to an area hospital for treatment for injuries sustained during the incident.

The male victim received life-threatening wounds.  He was treated and is currently in stable condition.

The female victim, who had received a significant number of stab-wounds, was less fortunate and succumbed to her injuries.

Our Major Crimes Unit assumed the investigation. 

“Sheriff Scott and I could not be more proud of the men and women of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office who work tirelessly to investigate and bring closure to these violent crimes,” stated Undersheriff Carmine Marceno.  “Our Major Crimes Unit works night and day and their incredible results are indicative of their dedication.”

On Sunday, the suspect was released from the hospital.  The suspect was arrested and booked into the Lee County Jail for Murder, and attempted murder.

Michael Swisher

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