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Posted on: June 17, 2021

Homicide Arrest

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June 17. 2021

On June 17, 2021, Charles Laster (01/03/52) was arrested by the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Gainesville, Florida for charges originating in Fort Myers. 


Laster was charged with Second Degree Murder, from an incident that occurred on May 31, 2021, which resulted in the death of another male, after a physical altercation. The victim died several days later while hospitalized. 


The Fort Myers Police Department General Crimes and Homicide Detectives tirelessly worked together throughout the investigation. 

Detective Ciulla, the lead Detective prior to the passing of the victim, was committed to bring justice to a grieving family for the heinous crime committed against their loved one. 


This arrest was made possible because of the efforts, dedication, and teamwork of the FMPD Patrol Division, General Crimes Division, Homicide/Violent Crimes Division, US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and the 20th Judicial State Attorney’s Office. Fort Myers Police would like to sincerely thank the community for their assistance in this investigation. The results achieved would not be possible without the community’s help.

Laster is in custody at the Alachua County Jail pending extradition back to lee County. 



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