September 19, 2023 – Punta Gorda, FL
Two people are now facing charges following yesterday’s incident involving a stolen vehicle and attempts to evade arrest.
On the morning of September 18, 2023, Charlotte County deputies were alerted to a stolen vehicle traveling through the county toward the DeSoto line. Detectives informed the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office that the vehicle may be entering their jurisdiction, and a DCSO deputy headed to intercept the subjects. When the vehicle pulled into a parking lot on Duncan Road in Punta Gorda, the DCSO deputy engaged the subjects. During that interaction, a scuffle ensued, resulting in the DCSO deputy’s firearm being discharged. The subjects, uninjured, fled the scene.
Charlotte County deputies, with the assistance of K9 and Aviation members, successfully tracked the subjects and located them a short distance away. The subjects, identified as Josie Bigelow (06/29/2004) and Cylis Martin (09/23/2002), were found hiding in an abandoned vehicle in a wooded lot nearby. In the vehicle, deputies also located two handguns, one of which was discovered to have been stolen out of Lee County. Bigelow and Martin were placed under arrest without further incident.
Bigelow is facing charges of:
- Grand theft of motor vehicle
- Resisting officer without violence
- Tamper with or fabricate physical evidence
Martin is facing charges of:
- Possession of firearm ammunition or weapon by US convicted felon
- Battery on officer/firefighter/EMT
- Possess control substance without prescription (x2)
- Grand theft of firearm
- Resisting officer with violence
“I want to commend my Intelligence team for their diligence in finding the stolen vehicle, as well as my detectives who responded and took these criminals into custody. I also want to thank the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office for their quick response and involvement. We are appreciative of the collaborations with them and all of our surrounding law enforcement agencies in our efforts to protect this area we call ‘home’.”Sheriff Bill Prummell
Both individuals remain at the Charlotte County Jail at the time of this writing. Bigelow is being held with a bond amount of $13,500 and Martin is being held without bond.