A Cape Coral man looking for a missing cell phone tracked it to a home on Nicholas Parkway East – and when his attempt to get it back failed – he shot a round from a gun toward the bedroom and then fled on foot when it jammed, according to authorities.
Cape Coral police went to the 100 block of Nicholas Parkway East for the reported shooting into a home shortly after midnight on Wednesday.
A witness told authorities that Tevin Nelson was standing in the driveway in front of the garage at the residence. The witness says Nelson took a black shirt, wrapped it around his face and walked toward the side of the house, according to police.
The witness saw Nelson point the gun in the direction of a bedroom window and fire off a round, but then the gun appeared to jam. He then ran on foot towards the a convenience store at the intersection of Santa Barbara Boulevard and Nicholas Parkway E. and was picked up by a silver car that went south on SW Santa Barbara Place, according to police.
Officers located the vehicle on SW Santa Barbara Place and then stopped and detained four people inside the car.
The front passenger was identified as Tevin Nelson, 20, of Cape Coral. On the floorboard of the front passenger seat was a firearm wrapped in a black cloth, police say.
Nelson was positively identified by a witness, police say, after they did a “show up.”
According to the police investigation, Nelson allegedly went to the residence looking for a missing cell phone, after tracking it to that location using GPS software.
Nelson knew the resident and had been to the home on previous occasions and when his attempt to retrieve his cell phone failed, Nelson decided to go home and change into dark clothing, get a gun, and come back to the residence, police say.
Nelson fired one round at the resident’s bedroom window and when the gun malfunctioned he fled the scene and was picked up by friends nearby, according to police.
Nelson was taken to the Lee County Jail on charges of shooting into an occupied dwelling, and carrying a concealed firearm.