Today Bryan Alfonso, 30, was sentenced to eight years in prison for each of three counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and eight years in prison for one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon – Actual Possession. The defendant was sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender, filed by the prosecutor, so his prison sentence is over the statutory maximum. He will serve his sentences concurrently.
In December 2018, three days before Christmas, the defendant committed multiple crimes by threatening people with a firearm throughout Cape Coral. First, he went to a liquor store on Del Prado and flashed a gun at a customer sitting in his car, threatening the customer with the firearm. The defendant then drove away and the victim followed him for a short distance in his car, calling police to give them the license plate number.
Alfonso then went to a nearby gas station and threatened two victims in the parking lot with the firearm before he drove around to the back of the store and parked his vehicle. He then flashed the gun at another victim who was in his car waiting for his wife to come out of the store. In fear that the store was about to be robbed, the man began driving around the store trying to get in touch with his wife to have her leave. The victims called 911. Alfonso drove away, onto Pine Island Road.
Soon after, Alfonso, while driving, pointed his gun at a man with his two young sons in the car who had turned onto the same road at the same time. The defendant started yelling obscenities and screaming at them. The driver called 911 and stayed a good distance back, relaying where the defendant was going.
Alfonso ended up at another liquor store, near Andalusia and Diplomat, and showed the clerk the firearm that was in his waistband. He purchased a 6-pack of beer and went out into the parking lot but noticed Cape Coral Police on scene, surrounding the intersection. He ran back inside the store and hid his gun. He then came outside and laid on the ground in front of the officers. They later found his gun hidden in the ceiling of the men’s bathroom after seeing a ceiling tile ajar.
There was a very quick response time by the Cape Coral Police Department. Officers were able to quickly put the calls together as being one perpetrator and were on scene within minutes of the calls to 911 coming in.
Assistant State Attorney Christine Cummins handled this multi-layered case.
State Attorney’s Office