An alert citizen and a robust police response resulted in the arrest of two (2) vehicle burglars.
On October 4th, 2021 at around 8:40 a.m, Cape Coral Police Patrol officers responded to a vehicle burglary in progress in the 2800 block of SW 25th Place.
The victim stated he was sitting on a bench by his front door and saw a juvenile in front of his home. He called out to ask what the youth was doing and heard his van door slam from his driveway. A second juvenile fled from the van, and both juveniles ran from the residence.
The victim followed the juveniles (identified as Matthew Sorge, W/M, DOB: 2-15-05 and Jadon Ruccione, W/M, DOB: 4-25-06) in his van and asked what they had stolen from his vehicle. Sorge removed a folding knife from his pocket and brandished it at the victim through his open van window.
CCPD Patrol and K-9 officers had established a perimeter around the neighborhood, and a search within the perimeter located the pair hiding on a dock behind a home under construction.
Ruccione was taken into custody without incident; Sorge jumped into the canal and attempted to swim to freedom, instead swimming directly to a waiting CCPD perimeter unit and a pair of handcuffs.
The investigation revealed that both had been attempting several vehicles in the area looking for unlocked vehicles. Both Sorge and Ruccione were charged with burglary of a conveyance, with Sorge additionally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, all felony charges. They were transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
***NO MUGSHOTS AVAILABLE***
ARRESTED: Matthew Bryan Sorge, W/M, DOB: 2-15-05, of Cape Coral FL. CHARGES: Burglary of Conveyance, Aggravated Assault With Deadly Weapon
ARRESTED: Jadon Ruccione, W/M, DOB: 4-25-06, of Cape Coral FL. CHARGES: Burglary of Conveyance
The Cape Coral Police Department reminds everyone to “Lock It or Lose It.”
Vehicle burglars overwhelmingly select unlocked vehicles that can be entered and exited quickly and quietly. Do not leave valuables or firearms in any vehicle.
Officers responded to a residence in south Cape Coral in the middle of the night to a report of a shooting, and were able to get the suspect into custody and the victim needed assistance.
On October 1st, 2021 at around 1:30 a.m., Cape Coral Police Patrol officers responded to 808 Miramar Street, Unit 4, after it was reported a man had shot his neighbor. The officers established a perimeter to contain the scene and the suspect, identified as Kevin Guillory (B/M, DOB: 9-20-83).
Communication was established with Guillory, and the Bearcat vehicle was utilized to provide safety for the officers attempting to have Guillory exit the home. Guillory ultimately did come out peacefully and was taken into custody.
The victim was transported to a local hospital with a non life-threatening injury.
Detectives with the CCPD Major Crimes Unit assumed the investigation, and Guillory was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, improper exhibition of a firearm, and using a firearm while intoxicated. He was transported to the Lee County Jail.
In an effort to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users, the Cape Coral Police Department will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) during the period of October 1st, 2021 and May 14th, 2022 within the Cape Coral city limits.
Lee County ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
In Cape Coral, between October 2nd, 2020 and September 15th, 2021 there were 134 traffic crashes involving bicycles or pedestrians (74 of which were pedestrian-only) and 4 fatalities (3 pedestrians and 1 bicycle).
High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida and the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.
Drivers – obey speed limits, never drive impaired, and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Bicyclists – obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic, and use lights when riding at night.
Pedestrians – cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.
If we all do our part, we can reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by violating laws that govern pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.
A vehicle traveling eastbound on SW 19th Street slammed into the back of a parked vehicle, pinning a man between the two vehicles. Traffic Homicide Investigators and a Victim’s Advocate responded to the scene.
DATE: September 22, 2021, at approximately 7:30 am, at 406 SW 19th Street in Cape Coral.
VEHICLE 1: 2017 gray Nissan Sentra, 4-Door Car, Florida tag, driven by a 26-year-old male, from Cape Coral, who suffered no injuries in the crash.
VEHICLE 2: 1997 white Ford Expedition, SUV, Florida tag. VEHICLE 3: 2003 green Ford Expedition, SUV, Florida tag.
PEDESTRIAN 1: Juan Jose Jaime Franco, H/M, DOB: 8-12-86, of Fort Myers, FL. Franco suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision and later succumbed to those injuries. ***On September 22nd at 8:22 pm, contact was made with the District 21 Medical Examiner’s office who informed THI Investigator Wilson that Juan Jose Jaime Franco died at 4:28 pm, as a result of his injuries sustained in the crash. The next of kin has been notified.***
Vehicle 2 was properly parked, partially in the roadway, in front of 406 SW 19th Ave.
Vehicle 3 was parked in front of Vehicle 2, front bumper to front bumper.
Vehicles 2 and 3 were unoccupied.
Vehicle 1 was traveling East on SW 19th Ave approaching 406 SW 19th Ave.
Pedestrian 1 was collecting tools from the back of Vehicle 2, in preparation for the day’s work on a home under construction just East of 406 SW 19th Ave.
Driver of V1 stated he was unable to see due to window condensation combined with the sunrise glare.
Vehicle 1 collided with Pedestrian 1 and Vehicle 2 consecutively, pinning Pedestrian 1 between Vehicle 1 and Vehicle 2.
Pedestrian 1 suffered life-threatening injuries in the collision and had to be extricated by LCEMS and CCFD.
SPEED and IMPAIRMENT are NOT considered factors in this collision.
The Cape Coral Police Department is seeking information regarding a morning hit and run crash that injured a child.
On September 23rd, 2021, at around 9:15 a.m., Cape Coral Police patrol officers responded to the area of Ceitus Parkway and El Dorado Boulevard to a vehicle/pedestrian hit and run.
A 12-year-old child was found with serious facial contusions, and a broken passenger-side rearview mirror was found at the scene. There were no witnesses to the incident, and the vehicle left the scene without stopping.
Based on the broken rearview mirror left behind, the vehicle is believed to be a GMC/Chevrolet light truck or SUV between the model years of 2000-2006. The color is unknown.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to please call us at (239) 574-3223.
The Cape Coral Police Department will be conducting a DUI enforcement operation on September 20th, 2021.
This is part of our continuing effort to increase traffic safety awareness through education and enforcement. The mission of these operations is to help reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths on our roadways in Cape Coral.
This DUI enforcement operation will be conducted by Patrol and Traffic officers. This operation will be citywide.
The primary focus of this operation will be placed on criminal violations such as DUI and reckless driving. Officers will also be focusing on moving violations such as speeding, red-light and stop sign violations, as well as aggressive driving. Visible enforcement increases awareness, encourages motorists to obey traffic laws and reduces crashes.
The Cape Coral Police Department encourages you to drive courteously and reminds you to obey the rules of the road. If you are impaired, please use a designated driver, rideshare app or taxi to avoid the costly fines of a DUI arrest.
***Please note that the Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement must announce to the public when the checkpoints will be conducted. The publicity is a protection of your rights; in any case, the checkpoint will do its job and keep drunk drivers off the road, either through arrest or deterrence.***