Identity of third man sought by FMPD after Robert E. Lee bust is damaged

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FMPD seeks identity of three men regarding vandalism of Robert E. Lee statue.

The Fort Myers Police Department has released a surveillance image of the third alleged vandal being sought for damaging the bust of General Robert E. Lee downtown Fort Myers.

The bust of Lee was found lying face down, torn from its plinth at the intersection of First Street and Bay Street on March 12, before the Sons of Confederate Veterans carefully put it back the next day.

There are many different viewpoints whether or not the bust should even be in downtown Fort Myers. But, resident Bryan Howell says the three men who allegedly removed the bust could probably get bailed out quick.

“Somebody’s going to put forth some money and say, ‘you know what? I like what these guys did, and they didn’t do anything wrong,’ and somebody’s going to pay,” Howell said.

Lee County’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President James Muwakkil, who has fought to remove the memorial, said he would consider helping them.

“If this person stepped forward and he said, ‘I did it because it’s racist, it’s injustice, it’s not who we are,’ and he said ‘I don’t have money to bail out, I don’t have money for an attorney,’” Muwakkil said. “But would I, and my wife, personally be willing to give some assistance to that person? The answer would be yes.”

But some don’t agree with helping the alleged vandals out.

“For damaging city property? No I would not put up with that,” said Kathy Conrad, Cape Coral resident.

If anyone has information on the identity of one or both the individuals, please contact FMPD Detective Amanda Averill at 239-321-7797 or

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Tipsters will remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.

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