Bonita Springs robbery suspect sends apology text

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – A car salesman was allegedly held at gunpoint by a customer who followed up a Bonita Springs robbery with an apology text before his arrest Wednesday.

Anthony Spinella of Power Motors Auto Brokers, Inc. in Bonita Springs said Romelson Faustin, 20, of 35 10th St. in Naples, had been a familiar face since September. After he was robbed at gunpoint, Spinella said he received a text from Faustin.

“He just said give me the money that’s in your pockets,” Spinella said. “So then he texted me about an hour — 45 minutes later. And the text said ‘Bro, I was on Mollies, I’m sorry.'”

A text message from a robbery suspect to the man he allegedly held at gunpoint.

Faustin is facing felony charges for robbery with a firearm and possession of cocaine. He was arrested in a traffic stop in Fort Myers shortly after he is accused of robbing Power Motors Auto Brokers.

Spinella said Faustin, who allegedly was holding the gun during the robbery, and a second man got away with $400 in cash.

But before that, Spinella said Faustin made three payments for a total of $600 toward a car from Power Motors Auto Brokers. He was arrested near Martin Luther King Jr. and Veronica Shoemaker boulevards Wednesday, according to the the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

A second suspect was not in the car when Faustin was arrested, according to Sgt. Matt McDaniel of LCSO. His identity has not been released.

It was not immediately clear how the Bonita Springs robbery was connected to a second scene at Martin Luther King and Veronica Shoemaker boulevards, but deputies confirmed on Thursday that it was the location of Faustin’s arrest.

LCSO continues to investigate.

No further information was immediately available.

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