homepage logo

Police continue search for battery suspect

By Staff | Nov 16, 2010

Cape Coral police continue to search for a man who reportedly threatened and sexually battered a woman in her home Monday morning.
Terrell Beckwith, 61, is accused of holding the woman at knifepoint, as well as threatening her with a knife and gun, according to officials. Beckwith reportedly fled the home, located in the southwest Cape, when the woman’s husband arrived unexpectedly.
“Beckwith is considered armed and dangerous,” Connie Barron, a spokeswoman for the Cape police, said. “The public is advised not to approach him.”
Beckwith is described as about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, with greying brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen driving a grey, four-door, 2000 Hyundai Sonata.
According to the couple, Beckwith had been staying at their home for about four months. The couple and Beckwith had a disagreement Sunday night that picked up the following morning. Beckwith indicated that he would vacate the home, at which the husband left for work, reports state.
The woman exited her bedroom later that morning, believing Beckwith was gone, officials reported. However, he was still present and he threatened the woman with the knife and gun. The husband returned home to check on his wife and discovered what was going on.
According to a police report, the husband found Beckwith standing over his wife with a gun pointed at her. He wrestled the firearm away from Beckwith and chased Beckwith out of the home.
Anyone with information on Beckwith’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 574-3223 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at (800) 780-TIPS (8477).