On December 5, 2014 at 12:36 a.m. the Fort Myers Police Department received a 911 call advising two males wearing all black clothing were committing an armed robbery at the RaceTrac convenience store located at 2335 Cleveland Avenue. Several FMPD patrol units began an emergency response to the business. The 911 caller updated police dispatch that the perpetrators had fled the store in a white four-door vehicle.
While responding to the scene Bravo Shift Patrol Sergeant Eric Gutridge observed the suspect vehicle a few blocks away on Broadway Avenue and attempted a felony traffic stop. The suspect vehicle refused to stop and fled from officers south through the City.
The suspect vehicle was pursued into the parking lot of Travel Lodge located at 4760 Cleveland Avenue where it crashed into a decorative median containing palm trees in the northeast corner of the parking lot. Patrol units quickly set up a perimeter around the business to contain the robbers as they fled their vehicle on foot.
Approximately thirty minutes later while conducting a systematic search inside the perimeter Christopher L. Walker (d.o.b. 10/11/1988 of Fort Myers) was located hiding in a stairwell near the southwest corner of the Travel Lodge parking lot.
A short while later Tory A. Hutson (d.o.b. 10/01/1987 of Naples) was tracked down to a room at the Travel Lodge and taken into police custody. FMPD detectives responded for follow up investigation. During the follow up investigation detectives discovered the men approached the clerk at the register and demanded money at gunpoint. One of the perpetrators struck the clerk with a firearm before fleeing the business with an undisclosed amount of cash. The clerk was treated for minor injuries. “A very timely and descriptive 911 call along with a coordinated police response took two violent offenders off our city streets this morning,” said Police Chief Doug Baker. Both men were positively identified by victims of the offense and arrested: