Cape man found guilty of armed robbery
A Cape Coral man could face life in prison after recently being found guilty of armed robbery in an incident that occurred in Cape Coral last year.
Justin Robert Nemeth, 34, of 2227 S.W. 14th Place, went to trial last week on three counts of robbery possessing a firearm. He was found guilty by a jury on all three counts, which are punishable by life, state officials reported.
His public defender did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.
Nemeth’s sentencing is scheduled for April 18.
He also has a pending case where he facing a charge of one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, which is punishable by up to 15 years.
On March 15, the Cape police responded to an armed robbery at a home at 723 S.E. 10th St. The victims said their former roommate, Nemeth, and two of his acquaintances robbed them at gunpoint, according to police officials.
Nemeth had moved out of the apartment earlier that day, but he later returned to retrieve more items with the help of Gerald Howard Herron, 48, and Elton Calvin Williams, 30.
Nemeth reportedly asked one of his former roommates to call someone who had prescription pills that he could buy.
One alleged victim called two people to facilitate the request and they came over to the apartment. They denied to officers that they came to sell drugs.
Upon the arrival of the two, Nemeth, Herron and Williams pulled out firearms and robbed the victims, according to police. They forcibly took the victims’ backpacks, cell phones and prescription pills. They then fled the apartment.
Police reported that a gunshot was fired, but no one was injured.
Detectives tracked down Nemeth two days later. He reportedly admitted to the crime and was arrested and charged. Williams was found March 19. He also allegedly confessed to the robbery when questioned by Cape detectives.
A day later, Herron was located in Georgia and extradited to Florida. Officials said he admitted knowledge of the robbery, but denied personal involvement.
None of the victims could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Herron has a trial date set for Wednesday, state officials reported.
According to court documents, Williams has a court date April 11.