We present some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; February 2


This weekly WINK News segment covers fugitives from justice right here in Southwest Florida.

This is your chance to help your community and give tips on getting these people out on the streets. These suspects need to be found – and you can help. If you have seen them, contact Crime Stoppers or your local law enforcement. Call 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

These are three fugitives wanted by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.blank

Alain Lopez Hernandez (DOB 10/29/83) – Wanted in Collier County for non-appearance on three counts of burglary, burglary of a large firearm, two counts of grand theft and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He allegedly broke into at least a dozen homes in Naples, stealing guns, jewelry and even silverware from the kitchen.

In each case, he broke into homes through unlocked doors and ransacked homes. Each break-in occurred during daylight hours when the homeowner was at work.

His most recent address was in East Naples, and his employment appears to be unemployed. He has been on the run since late December and detectives believe he is still in the area.blank

Paolo Melendez (DOB 2/23/95) – Wanted in Lee County on a pre-trial vacancy order on charges of false imprisonment and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

On New Year’s Eve, he got into an argument with a woman that quickly escalated into violence. He ended up holding the woman against her will with a gun in a local business.

When she tried to call 911 for help, he snatched her phone and keys. At one point she managed to run out of business, however, he grabbed her and pulled her in. A security surveillance company saw the whole thing and called 911 to report it, leading to Melendez’s arrest.

He was released from prison the next day, however, a judge overturned that decision and ordered him back to prison. He has a history of violence, with 5 counts on record for drugs and violence/domestic violence by strangulation. He was last known to be living in Cape Coral.blank

John Owens (DOB 4/11/98) – Wanted in Lee County for violating a suspended sentence for theft and conspiracy to commit fraud.

The initial arrest came after he spent days in a row checking out hundreds of dollars’ worth of baby formula from local grocers. At one store, he stole 36 cans, the next day he stole 30 cans from another store, and the next day he stole 29 cans from another store.

He had seven previous reservations in Lee County for grand theft, burglary, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting and fraud, as well as serving jail time in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties for burglary and theft. in Collier County with 11 counts of assault, theft, and battery.

He’s 6’0″ tall, 160 pounds, with a pocket money tattoo on his left arm and musical notes on his right arm. And after his arrest, he will be held without bond.

If you know the whereabouts of any of these wanted suspects, contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. All callers will be anonymous and will be eligible for cash rewards up to $3,000.

Crime Stops in Southwest Florida
1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or

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