Trooper Andrew K. Cho
Troop F - Ft. Myers
Trooper Andrew K. Cho has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for September, 1997, based on his apprehension of two armed robbery suspects.
On September 29, 1997, Trooper Cho was patrolling southbound on Metro Parkway in Lee County when a "BOLO" was issued from the Lee County Sheriff's Office concerning two armed robberies that had occurred at two different restaurants south of Ft. Myers.
Almost immediately following the BOLO, Trooper Cho observed a vehicle matching the description in a bank parking lot. He called for back-up and approached the vehicle to confirm that it was the correct one he was looking for. As Cho got closer to the car, the two suspects fled northbound on Metro Parkway. Trooper Cho began to pursue the vehicle and soon received assistance from the Ft. Myers Police Department.
After a short time, the driver of the car drove off the roadway where he and his passenger attempted to flee on foot. After a foot pursuit, Trooper Cho was able to apprehend and effect the arrest of the driver, James E. Anderson of Ft. Myers. The passenger, Eldridge Walker of Ft. Myers, was arrested by the Ft. Myers Police Department approximately one block from the scene. Both were charged with two counts of Strong Armed Robbery as well as several other charges.
Trooper Cho is a 5-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Ft. Myers, Troop F.