Florida Man Points Gun at Patrons Who Got Free Pizza

Cristian Levy Andrade-Banegas, 34, of Houston, Florida, spent some time in Sheriff Carmine Marceno’s Lee County Jail, aka the Marceno Motel, when he pointed a rifle at people eating free pizza at a North Fort Myers Restaurant.

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Customers at a Cuban restaurant located in the 5600 block of Bayshore Boulevard in North Fort Myers were given some free pizza by the restaurant owner after they had already eaten their meals, and that’s when Andrade-Banegas lost it.

After the customers finished eating their free pizza, Andrade-Banegas went to his Dodge Ram 1500 truck, pulled out a firearm, and pointed it at them, threatening to kill them. Witnesses told Lee County deputies the gun was an “AR-style rifle,” and some called it a “machinegun.”

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Andrade-Banegas returned to his vehicle and continued shouting threats before fleeing the scene.

When deputies arrived, the report says that a patron who recorded the incident played that footage for authorities.

After deputies got a description of the suspect vehicle, they blocked off New Post Road and spoke to a security guard at the entrance to Old Bridge Village Mobile Home Park, the report indicates.

Deputies canvassed the area, eventually locating the pickup Andrade-Banegas drove and arrested him in the 5700 block of Captain John Smith Loop.

When deputies located Andrade-Banegas and his vehicle, they spotted the firearm wedged between the driver’s seat and the center console, covered with a white t-shirt.

When deputies examined the firearm, they noticed it had a magazine like those used in assault rifles but with several pellets loaded in it. The gun was an airsoft-type pellet gun but looked like a real firearm.

Andrade-Banegas was transported to the Lee County Jail and charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a bond set at $30,000. He is still in the Lee County jail, and his next court date is January 9, 2023.


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