Two teens charged in separate but related incidents at Ida Baker High School
On April 2, around 12:45 p.m., School Resource Officer B. Bearman at Ida Baker High School met with a juvenile victim who indicated that he had just been robbed at the school, which is located at 3500 Aqualinda Blvd., Cape Coral.
A Cape Coral Police Department report said, according to the victim, he brought a substantial amount of cash in his wallet to school with the intention of buying a car after school. While in his last class of the day, the victim said he took his wallet out of his back pocket to put it in his backpack. The victim began arranging the money in his wallet when a classmate of his, identified as Jovanny Jesus Perez, 16, of 1400 S.W. 31st Terrace, snatched all the money from his hand and made a comment that his property is “took,” police said.
The teacher and other students in the class witnessed the robbery, according to the report. The victim told Perez to give the money back but Perez then ran out of class as the victim followed him into a nearby restroom. Perez hid in a stall and the victim again told him to give the money back. Perez reportedly said no and that if he “snitched,” he was going to beat him up. Perez then fled the school.
Detective Maris Lebid from the city’s Major Crimes Unit was assigned the case. On April 3, around 12:15 p.m., Perez was located at his residence by officers and taken into custody, police said. Perez was charged with robbery by sudden snatching and grand theft.
Also on April 3, the School Resource Officer at Ida Baker High School was made aware of a student, Andrew Blake Friedel, 15, of 531 Archer Parkway, who reportedly committed a battery against the victim of the robbery the day before.
According to police, the victim stated that he was walking out of class to use the restroom when he ran into Friedel, who pointed at the victim and said, “Since you got my friend locked up you got smoke with me now” and then proceeded to hit the victim in the face twice.
The incident was broken up by a teacher and she followed Friedel back to class, the report said. Once back in class Friedel was reportedly highly upset, cursed at the teacher and pushed her.
Friedel was charged with retaliating against a victim and battery on a school employee.
Both were later transferred to the Juvenile Assessment Center.