FMPD Arrests Purse Snatching Suspect

On September 5, 2019, at approximately 2:54 p.m., the Fort Myers Police department dispatch received a call that a suspect attempted to snatch a woman’s purse in the parking lot of Publix Supermarket located at 4600 Summerlin Road. The male assailant was blocked by a witness and dropped the purse before fleeing in a vehicle. 

A second witness provided Officers with a description of the car and a partial tag number which was traced to an apartment on DeLeon Street. The vehicle was found unoccupied and police were informed that the driver switched cars and drove away.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on the second vehicle and detained Mr. Barry Shields, age 40.  Shields was positively identified by the victim and witnesses, placed into custody and charged with the robbery.