February 12th, 2024) -- On February 11, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., the Cape Coral Police Department was called to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store at 1651 NE Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, Florida, to investigate a robbery.
A Loss Prevention Officer told dispatchers he noticed two suspects — a male and female, both wearing matching Cookie Monster pajamas — concealing items from the store in their bags. They started taking items out of their bags when they saw they were being watched. Two Loss Prevention Officers approached the pair as they were headed toward the exit, saying he worked for Lowe’s and they needed to empty their bags. The male suspect then pulled up his shirt to reveal a black handgun in his waistband and said, "What are you going to do about this?” As the male and female exited the store, the female turned and spit on the two Loss Prevention Officers. The suspects left on foot. The Loss Prevention Officer said he was in fear that he was going to be shot.
Surveillance images of the suspects were released, and several tips were called in identifying the suspects as Charlie Perez and Jalina Sepulveda. Photo lineups were shown to the Loss Prevention Officers, who immediately picked out both suspects and positively identified them as the pair who stole from the store earlier.
On February 12, 2024, at 12:49 a.m., a tip was called in saying both Perez and Sepulveda were at Circle K at 935 Country Club Blvd, Cape Coral, Florida. Officers arrived and arrested Perez and Sepulveda and transported them to the Cape Coral Police Department headquarters for processing.
During a post-Miranda interview, Perez stated the whole thing was a misunderstanding and he only lifted his shirt while at Lowe's to show the employee that he did not steal anything. He stated that he did not threaten anyone with his gun, nor did he steal anything while he was with his girlfriend, Sepulveda, at Lowe's. He was going to contact the police in the morning to explain his side of the story. Perez claimed the handgun was at his home in a safe.
Based on the investigation, both defendants were arrested and taken to the Lee County Jail.
Charlie Jorge Perez (01/03/2002) was arrested and charged with the following:
-- 1 count in violation of F.S.S. 812.13(2b), Robbery with a Firearm
Jalina Analise Sepulveda (09/05/2004) was arrested and charged with the following:
-- 1 count in violation of (F.S.S. 777.011), Principle in the Robbery with a Firearm
-- 1 count in violation of F.S.S. 784.03(1a1), Battery