New composite in parking lot shooting released; reward upped to $6,000
Despite the many leads, authorities are still searching for the man responsible for the Nov. 18 killing of a store manager outside the T.J. Maxx in Cape Coral.
Meanwhile, the reward for information leading to his arrest has increased significantly thanks to an anonymous donor.
Cape Coral Police held a news conference Monday, with representatives from the Cape Coral Police Department Investigative Services Bureau and Crimestoppers, to give a briefing on the case.
Dana Coston, department spokesperson, said that while the investigation has produced more than 160 leads in multiple cities throughout the state, it has not produced a suspect or the man who killed Alfred E. Griffiths, 54, who was gunned down outside of the T.J. Maxx department store on Del Prado Boulevard where he worked.
The suspect was believed to have fled by foot to a light colored sedan and then drove southbound.
The initial composite was that of a white male, possibly in his 40s, with an average-to-thin build and light-framed glasses and light to white colored hair.
The purpose of the briefing was to release a new rendering of the suspect and return interest back in the case, as leads and interest has declined.
“We’re hoping news coverage will help ignite public interest in this case and bring it back to the forefront of people’s minds,” Coston said. “We hope it will also generate more investigative leads.
The new composite was done by hand, unlike the first which was done on computer. Coston said the new rendering was more “organic” and that he hoped it will help people look more at features not clothing or hair related, as those could be changed.
A second rendering was done on computer, which had people focus on the shape of the face and eyes. Instead of a hood, the suspect wears a ball cap.
Investigative Services Capt. Lisa Barnes asked people to be vigilant.
“Keep in mind people who left the area, abruptly since this happened or someone who was looking for a gun or trying to get rid of a gun. All these are leads we would love to run down,” Barnes said, adding that with no clear video, they can’t name a suspect.
Coston and Barnes made it clear the case is not “cold” and that there was a lot of work to be done about this case. But with no suspect and with such cases being so rare in Cape Coral, Barnes said the question of a random killing “isn’t a no.”
Anyone with any information is asked contact the Cape Coral Police Dept. at 574-3223. Anonymous tips can be sent online at capecops.com/tips.
They can also contact Southwest Florida Crimestoppers at 800-780-TIPS, which announced the reward for information leading to an arrest has increased from $1,000 to $6,000, thanks to an anonymous donor.
Trish Routte, Crimestoppers coordinator, said she hopes the extra money could entice someone with information to come forward.
“We hope the new sketch and the reminder this is still an active case will produce something. When you get to this point, you need the public to go back into their minds. If you’re holding back information, it makes you almost as guilty as the one who pulled the trigger,” Routte said.