2 accused of home invasion robbery
Two men allegedly robbed a couple at gunpoint — and swordpoint — Saturday morning in the couple’s Cape Coral home.
Derrek Marttila, 20, and Christopher Adams, 21, are also accused of assaulting the couple with pepper spray and striking one of the residents in the head with a gun.
They were each charged by police with armed home invasion robbery and two counts of battery.
The couple told police that Marttila and Adams were armed with guns when they broke into the home on Southwest 44th Terrace at approximately 7:04 a.m. One also was armed with a “silver-plated sword.”
Both men covered their faces with what may have been cloth or stockings, the victim reportedly said.
One victim was sleeping on a couch in the living room when the two men broke into the home and sprayed the victim face with pepper spray, reports state. The men forced the victims to lie on the ground at gunpoint while they stole jewelry and nearly $1,000 in cash.
Marttila and Adams reportedly told the victims, “where’s the money, give me the money,” then fled the scene. Before leaving, the men reportedly removed their masks and were recognized by one victim.
The victims were checked and released by EMS.
Police caught up with the men at Adams’ house in North Fort Myers and placed them under arrest.
Marttila later confessed to his involvement in the incident to detectives, reports state.