Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; Feb. 3

Reporter: Rich Kolko
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Sebastin Christmas, Jon Johnson, Avra Kessler.

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

This is your chance to help out the community and give the tip that gets these people off the street. These suspects need to be found – and you can help. If you have seen them, reach out to Crime Stoppers or your local law enforcement. Call 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

Here are three fugitives wanted by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

Sebastin Christmas

Sebastin Christmas (DOB 2/23/77) – wanted in Lee County for violation of probation for driving under the influence and the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

This latest warrant, which was issued two weeks ago, stems from an incident when he blew past a marked LCSO unit at a high rate of speed. When he finally pulled over, deputies found Christmas with impaired faculties and in the possession of a loaded firearm with two spent casings.

He spent nearly a year in the Lee County Jail for that crime and was released on probation – which he has now violated the terms of.

To date, he’s been booked 19 times in Lee County for battery, aggravated assault, drugs, attempted homicide, contempt, armed robbery and weapons charges, among others. He’s also been jailed in Collier County for the sale and delivery of cocaine, fleeing and eluding officers and willful and wanton reckless driving.

He’s also spent about a dozen years of his life in prison for his various criminal escapades. He is 6’0”, 288 pounds and was last known to be living in Dunbar.

Jon Johnson

Jon Johnson (DOB 8/6/82) – wanted in Lee County for violation of probation for a felony charge of the illegal possession of a firearm. With six previous bookings under his belt locally, Johnson is a registered convicted felon, twice over.

His current warrant came on the heels of him being arrested on drug charges, only to be found in possession of a gun and ammo, which by law he is not allowed to have.

His rap sheet includes an assault on a female, where witnesses saw him beating a female while inside a car. When she tried to escape, Johnson pulled her back inside the vehicle and continued the assault until law enforcement arrived to break it up.

He’s also been jailed after driving drunk, pulling in front of an officer and making rigid turns between lanes, driving over concrete curbs and over correcting.

When he was pulled over, Johnson miserably failed an attempt at field sobriety tests. He is 6’3”, 165 pounds and has several tattoos, including a guardian angel on his right arm, a Cherokee symbol on his back and tribal art on her left arm. He was last known to be living in South Fort Myers.

Avra Kessler

Avra Kessler (DOB 2/14/70) – wanted in Lee County for a bench warrant for failure to appear on a charge of uttering a forged instrument and fraudulent use of personal identification.

Deputies said Kessler went to a local bank and tried to cash a check using a stolen ID and credit card. The bank teller had a bad feeling about the transaction and double-checked the identification Kessler presented against the information on the bank account, which didn’t match up.

When she realized that she wasn’t going to get any money, Kessler took off, but a deputy was in the building and was able to detain Kessler before she got away.

As it turns out, the victim had several checks stolen from him, including that one, several of which had already been fraudulently cashed. Kessler’s criminal history also extends to Broward County, where she’s been booked a few times.

To avoid getting in trouble with the law, Kessler has been known to employ several aliases, including Avra Joseph, Amber Treat and Melissa James.

She is 5’3”, 160 pounds, with a tattoo of a snake on her chest, a frog on her left leg, “Rome” on her neck and “sexy” inked on her stomach.

If you have a tip on the whereabouts of any of these wanted suspects contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

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

Crime Stoppers of Southwest Florida

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