Press Release!



“Our deputies and Violent Crimes detectives should be commended for their immediate action,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “They wasted no time, quickly locating the suspects within hours! I couldn’t be more proud of my team.”

On Wednesday, August 19th, deputies responded to Oregon Road, Lehigh Acres, in reference to a shooting into an occupied dwelling. Within hours of this violent act, two suspects were arrested and taken off of Lee County streets.

Deputies responded to the residence on Oregon Road and subsequently requested the presence of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Detectives assumed the investigation and learned that an altercation took place that resulted in several rounds of ammunition being fired into the residence, also striking a vehicle. The suspects then fled the scene.

Utilizing thorough investigative techniques, detectives were able to identify a black SUV that was believed to be involved in the shooting. A short time later, deputies located that black SUV, which had been previously reported as stolen, and attempted a traffic stop on it. It was then that the occupants fled the area. Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit responded and swiftly located the driver of the SUV, Josie Bigelow (06/29/2004).

Detectives arrested and charged Bigelow with Robbery with a Firearm, Grand Theft Auto, and Resisting without Violence.

A second suspect was later identified as Junior Esquivel (12/23/2003). After an extensive search, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office located Esquivel, arrested him, and he is currently awaiting transfer to the Lee County Jail.

Junior Esquivel has been charged with Robbery with a Firearm.