Suspect arrested in shooting of Lehigh Acres hot dog stand owner

Reporter: Taylor Wirtz Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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A suspect was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting of a hot dog stand owner in Lehigh Acres.

Deputies arrested 25-year-old James William Gonzalez after they say he shot Kelvis Maiguel while he was working. Maiguel is a well-known hot dog stand owner at Ceberiano’s Hot Dogs & More.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy patrolling the area near 600 Homestead Road South heard several shots and saw Gonzalez running away from the victim.

The deputy tried to arrest Gonzalez, but Gonzalez fled into the woods.

Deputies stopped to help Maiguel and transported him to the hospital as a trauma alert. LCSO’s K-9 unit, aviation unit and multiple patrol units searched the area.

Gonzalez was found in the area of Dauphine Avenue South, deputies said.

According to LCSO, Gonzalez resisted arrest but was caught by a K-9.

Gonzalez was taken to the hospital and later transported to the Lee County Jail after medical clearance.

He faces charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and resisting without violence. A judge set his bond at $80,000 during a first appearance hearing on Wednesday.

Both regular customers and total strangers have shared their sadness and well-wishes on Facebook pages starting fundraisers and prayer threads.

After 24 hours since the shooting, Lee County detectives are still on the scene and underwater operations is searching nearby water, however, would not what for.

The case remains under investigation.

See LCSO video of Gonzalez’s capture below or click here:

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