Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; Sept. 1

Reporter: Rich Kolko
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Christopher Cannistra, Bethany Herrick, Koron James

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.

Christopher Cannistra

Christopher Cannistra (DOB 11/12/88) – wanted in Lee County on a bench warrant for failure to appear for fleeing and eluding law enforcement, resisting/obstruction, and grand theft.

Deputies were looking for a purple-haired suspect who had just stolen several hundred dollars in merchandise from a local store. Not too far from the store, deputies spotted Cannistra, who clearly fit the bill.

Crime Stoppers says Cannistra was riding a bike at the time, and when deputies tried to stop him, he thought he’d be able to outrun them, and tried to speed up. He ended up crashing the bike in the process, spilling all of the stolen goods all over the street.

He spent a couple of weeks behind bars for the crimes, and was released under the condition that he would show back up for a court hearing, which he has failed to do. To date, he’s been arrested four times for additional charges of dealing in stolen property, drug and loitering and prowling.

Cannistrais 6’1”, 150 pounds and was last known to be living in the Pine Manor neighborhood. And upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.

Bethany Herrick

Bethany Herrick (DOB 10/13/84) – wanted in Lee County for violation of drug offender probation for burglary and grand theft. She was working for a local tattoo shop and ended up getting fired.

Shortly thereafter, she decided to break into her ex-bosses car and steal a large amount of cash that he had intended to use for payroll. When the ex-boss went back to his car to get the money, he saw Bethany inside his car. She immediately grabbed the cash and ran, but law enforcement caught up with her a few blocks away.

She ended up spending 10 months in the Lee County Jail for that crime and was later released on probation, which she violated two weeks ago. To date, she’s got a dozen previous bookings to her name for multiple counts of drug-related infractions, as well as theft.

Herrick is 5’4”, 120 pounds and was last known to be living in northwest Cape Coral. She’s got several tattoos, including a spider web on her right shoulder, a four leaf clover on her left arm and a skull and anchor on her right calf.

Koron James

Koron James (DOB 10/24/85) – wanted in Collier County for violation of probation for grand theft AND wanted in Lee County for violation of probation for burglary.

James has a lengthy history in both counties, with five bookings in Collier and 11 in Lee on charges of burglary, robbery, resisting, theft, battery by strangulation and repeatedly driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Detectives think he’s still in the area, possibly moving back and forth between Lehigh and Immokalee. He’s got previous work experience in the construction industry and could be currently working under the table to stay off of law enforcement’s radar.

James is 5’10”, 185 pounds and upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.

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

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