FMPD arrests 2, still searching for third suspect in KFC armed robbery

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Police have arrested two people for an armed robbery at a KFC on Palm Beach Boulevard last week.

Jonathan Garcia, 34, and Maria Garcia, 30, were arrested for the robbery on the morning of June 15.

Detectives are still looking for Joe Angel Loredo Jr., 29, of Lehigh Acres as a third suspect in the robbery.

Numerous Crime Stoppers helped lead investigators to the two suspects arrested.

Maria Garcia, an employee of the KFC who was suspended at the time of the robbery, is believed to have provided information used by Jonathan Garcia and Loredo to carry out the crime.

Detectives say the morning of the robbery, Jonathan Garcia and Loredo entered the KFC wearing masks and armed with handguns. Garcia and Loredo demanded money from the employees who were getting ready to open the store for the day.

Authorities say in the days after the crime, Jonathan Garcia and Maria Garcia verbally and physically intimidated a witness in the case.

“Tampering with a witness during the investigation of a first degree felony is crime punishable by up to life in prison,” said police spokesperson Lt. Victor Medico.

Jonathan Garcia has been charged with robbery with a firearm and tampering with a witness during a first degree felony investigation. Maria Garcia has been charged with tampering with a witness during a first degree felony investigation.

Police are still looking for additional witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information on Joe Loredo’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Jose Gomez at 239-851-8049, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). You can also text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the robbery suspects could be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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