A Lehigh Acres man is facing charges of grand theft auto and carrying an unlicensed concealed weapon after Fort Myers police saw him kick a firearm under the seat of the stolen car he was driving with his infant in the back seat.
Shortly before noon Monday, officers responding to a ShotSpotter alert saw a suspicious vehicle with no license plates parked at 2573 Franklin Street. ShotSpotter is an electronic system that detects gunshots fired in certain areas.
Derick Tracy Simpson, 21, was in the driver’s seat, and Raiven Marie Newton, 18, was in the passenger seat. Officers observed their baby in a rear seat.
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Officers learned the car had been stolen Dec.10 from a Fort Myers address and ordered Simpson to step out of the car. A police report said officers saw him kick a firearm under the driver’s seat.
Simpson remains in Lee County Jail on $10,000 bond for unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and grand theft auto and will be arraigned Jan. 21. Newton and the baby were taken to a local shelter.
Fort Myers police contacted the registered owner of the vehicle who arrived and took possession of the car.
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