Off-duty Fla. deputy thwarts robbery

The cop took off after the suspect and held him on the ground at gunpoint

Naples Daily News

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — An off-duty Collier County sheriff's deputy held a strong-arm robbery suspect at gunpoint Saturday night in the parking lot of a south Fort Myers Target store until Lee deputies arrived.

Around 5:45 p.m., Bette McLean, 64, was walking to her car in the parking lot in the 15000 block of San Carlos Boulevard when she felt a tug on her purse, according to an arrest report. She fell to the ground and was dragged, but the man, later identified as Neil D. Maltezos, 34, didn't get her purse, reports said.

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