Half-way houses are intended to provide opportunities for convicted criminals to master their anti-social instincts and habits and learn how to fit into society. Sometimes, however, people who live in half-way houses do not see or take advantage of these benefits. According to reports, a pair of teenagers living in a Fort Myers half-way house recently escaped and fled to Orlando, where they allegedly engaged in a spree of petty crimes.
The reports indicate that a 15-year-old and an 18-year old stole a car after escaping from the half-way house and drove to Orlando. Upon arriving, they met the older teen’s twin brother. The trio is alleged to have broken into cars, burglarized a store and fired gunshots outside of their home. One of the twins is alleged to have stolen an SUV a day after the three began their alleged crime spree and attempted to run down a person in the street. He is alleged to have returned a few moments later and fired shots at the man.
Police say the trio was caught on video surveillance cameras committing a variety of crimes. They were allegedly seen breaking into cars, and they were apparently seen attempting to break into a Family Dollar store. Police allege that they saw the three boys steal another vehicle. The three were eventually captured after a foot chase.
The 15-year-old is eligible to be tried as a juvenile, but prosecutors have not yet announced how they intend to proceed. The two 18-year-olds will presumably be tried as adults. The trio is facing serious charges, and their penalties, if convicted, will be increased to reflect their reported prior criminal behavior. Anyone who faces similar charges, either as an adult or a juvenile, may want to explore their criminal defense options.