One dead, three in custody following home invasion robbery
Three men have been charged with felony murder after Cape Coral police shot and killed a fourth suspect following a home invasion that ended in gunfire between suspects and police.
Jarrett Delshun Mundle, 19, Patrick Rhodes Nelson, 19, and Mike Borrell, 27, also are charged with home invasion robbery and aggravated battery related to the initial incident in the northeast Cape.
The identification of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
According to a report released Sunday, Cape police responded to 911 report of home invasion at 703 N.E. 15th Terrace at 12:52 a.m. The caller said three armed men, wearing ski masks, entered her home. She said they hit her in the head with a gun, fired the weapon, and then fled the residence.
There were five adults and two children in the home at the time of the robbery.
According to the report, witnesses stated the men threatened them with guns and took personal items surrendered by one of the witnesses.
Responding the home invasion call, Cape police stopped a white Kia at 1721 Pine Island Road, in front of the Steak N’ shake.
A gunshot was fired within the suspect’s vehicle, and the driver exited the car, officials said.
A passenger then reportedly took control of the vehicle and tried to drive away, firing at Cape Coral police.
Officers returned fire, and the car crashed into the rear of the Cape police car.
The driver exited the vehicle, fell to the ground, and died on the scene from fatal gunshot wounds.
Borrell and Mundle were transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds or minor injuries, while Nelson was transported to the Cape Coral Police Station, officials said. Mundle was treated and released, and taken to the police station, while Borrell remainsed at the hospital in stable condition Sunday afternoon.
Police recovered firearms and masks from the vehicle, officials said.
Police have conducted interview with all three suspects and all three reportedly confirmed they had been present at the residence on Northeast 15th Terrace.
According to police, Patrick Rhodes Nelson told investigators he and the other three suspects were planning to buy drugs, although Jarrett Delshun Mundle said the group intended to steal money, marijuana, and cocaine.
Neighbors close to the site of the home invasion were surprised on Sunday afternoon, but not very worried.
Two-year Cape resident Diane Enwright said she heard some commotion in the middle of the night – she couldn’t pinpoint the time but said it was after midnight – but didn’t know what was happening.
“I heard some screeching from a woman, then I heard a car take off,” Enwright said. “I was sleeping when it all happened.”
Enwright moved to that part of the Cape because of the quiet, and she didn’t know anyone who lived at the residence.
“I don’t know my neighbors too well,” she said.
Jessica Larman said she moved to the neighborhood just under a year ago, and she noticed a lot of traffic moving in and out of the house.
The investigation into the home invasion is continuing, and additional arrests and charges may be pending, officials said.
The Cape Coral Police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave as per department policy. Their names have not been released.
The Cape Coral Police Department will conduct an investigation with the assistance of the State Attorney’s Office. This also is standard operating procedure.