The Cape Coral Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit arrested a man for aggravated child abuse after the investigation showed him responsible for serious injuries to his 2-month old son.
On July 10th, 2021, the Cape Coral Police Department was called to the home of Austin Meyers (W/M, DOB: 3-28-94) after family members reported concerns for the well-being of his 2-month old son.
The CCPD’s Major Crimes Unit responded, and the investigation revealed serious injuries to the baby as a result of abuse at the hands of Meyers. It was also discovered Meyers had battered the mother during her pregnancy.
Meyers was placed under arrest and charged with cruelty toward a child (aggravated child abuse) a first degree felony, as well as aggravated battery (offender knew victim to be pregnant), a second degree felony. He was transported to the Lee County Jail.
A major crash at Del Prado Blvd. South and Coral Pointe Drive on Tuesday afternoon resulted in serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Major Crash Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.
The synopsis of the crash from the Major Crash Investigator is as follows:
VEHICLE 1: White 2019 Toyota Corolla, Florida tag, driven by a 17 year old juvenile, of Cape Coral, FL. Juvenile suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries in the crash. VEHICLE 1 PASSENGER: 15 year old juvenile, of Cape Coral, FL. Juvenile suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
VEHICLE 2: Black 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, Florida tag, driven by Josefina Morales-Rodriguez, DOB 6-29-66, of Cape Coral, FL. Morales-Rodriguez suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. VEHICLE 2 PASSENGER: Faustina Rodriguez, DOB 2-16-31, of Cape Coral, FL. Rodriguez suffered what were originally thought to be life-threatening injuries, but were later downgraded to serious but non-life threatening at the hospital.
VEHICLE 3: White 2017 Cadillac Escalade, Illinois tag, driven by James J Santilli, DOB 4-28-81, of Huntley, IL. Santilli suffered no injuries in the crash. VEHICLE 3 PASSENGER: 17 year old juvenile, of Huntley, IL. Juvenile suffered no injuries in the crash.
VEHICLE 4: White 2018 GMC Acadia, Florida tag, driven by Jordan A Racz, DOB 3-1-83, Cape Coral, Fl. Racz suffered no injuries in the crash. (There were no passengers in Vehicle 4.)
Vehicle 1 was traveling southbound on Del Prado Blvd S in the left inside travel lane approaching the intersection of Coral Point Drive/SE 16th Terrace.
Vehicle 2 was traveling northbound on Del Prado Blvd S in the left turn lane stopped for the red light at the same intersection.
Vehicle 3 was directly behind Vehicle 2.
Vehicle 4 was traveling eastbound on SE 16th Terrace in the right turn lane stopped at the red light.
Vehicle 1’s light changed to red and Vehicle 2 and Vehicle 3’s light changed green. Vehicles 2 and 3 began making their left turns when Vehicle 1 ran the red light and proceeded through the intersection.
Vehicle 1 “T-boned” Vehicle 2 in the passenger side door causing Vehicle 2 to rotate counterclockwise while sliding westbound. Vehicle 2 entered Vehicle 4’s lane and the rear bumper of Vehicle 2 struck the front bumper of Vehicle 4. Vehicle 1 continued southbound and the front bumper of Vehicle 1 struck the right front quarter-panel of Vehicle 3.
Driver of Vehicle 1 was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Passenger of Vehicle 1 was also transported with minor injuries.
Driver of Vehicle 2 suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. Passenger of Vehicle 2 was trauma alerted to a local hospital with what were originally thought to be life threatening injuries but were later downgraded to non-life threatening at the hospital.
Occupants in Vehicle 3 and Vehicle 4 did not sustain any injuries.
Alcohol/drugs are NOTa factor. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified.
If you witnessed this traffic crash or have information about this traffic crash, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department by calling 239-574-3223; by submitting an anonymous tip atwww.capecops.com/tips, https://new.tipsubmit.com/en/create-report/anonymous; by sending us a message through our social media platforms or by calling Crime stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.
A man was arrested on July 4th after firing off more than just fireworks, firing multiple guns and damaging nearby property.
On July 4th at around 10:40pm, Cape Coral Police Department patrol officers responded to the 2500 block of SW 9th Place, regarding a shooting into a dwelling.
According to the caller, she was outside with her family watching the fireworks and heard what sounded like gunshots coming from a home nearby. When she re-entered her home about an hour later, she noticed that her rear bedroom window had a hole in it and there was a projectile on her floor. Prior to her leaving her home, the window was intact.
The investigation led to a home in the area, which was being used as a vacation rental. When officers approached the home, the overhead garage door was open and multiple firearms were seen on the countertop in the garage. The occupants all came outside and stated that they were renting the home for a week.
A Detective with the Major Crimes Unit was contacted and responded to the scene. The Detective searched the area and found multiple spent casings from rifles, shotguns, and handguns in the field and near the rear of the home. There was also damage to another home’s vinyl fence which appeared to be from shotgun rounds.
Based on the investigation one of the occupants, Corey Mattis (W/M, DOB 10-16-99) was arrested for Shooting into a Dwelling (a second degree felony) and Improper Exhibition of a Firearm (a first degree misdemeanor). Mattis was transported to the Lee County Jail.
A major crash yesterday just after noon at the 1100 block of Nicholas Parkway West resulted in a fatality of a motorcyclist.
Major Crash Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The synopsis of the crash from the Major Crash Investigators are as follows:
VEHICLE 1: Gray 2007 Lexus RX-350, Minnesota tag, driven by Matthew Aaron Cain, DOB: 11-15-78, Cape Coral, FL. Cain suffered no injuries in the crash.
VEHICLE 2: Black/Green 2017 Kawasaki ZR900, Florida tag, driven by Tyler James Harris, DOB: 11-29-00, Cape Coral, FL. Harris died from injuries he sustained in the crash.
Vehicle 1 was traveling southwest on SW 11th Street approaching the intersection of Nicholas Parkway West. Vehicle 2 was traveling northwest on Nicholas Parkway in the right hand travel lane approaching the intersection of SW 11th Street.
Vehicle 1’s driver stated that he did not see any approaching traffic on Nicholas Parkway and pulled out into the intersection with the intention of making a left turn. Vehicle 1 pulled out directly in front of Vehicle 2.
The front of Vehicle 2 struck Vehicle 1 in the left front wheel well ejecting Vehicle 2’s rider over the hood of Vehicle 1. Vehicle 2’s rider came to final rest in the median.
LCEMS arrived on scene and began CPR on Vehicle 2’s rider, but he was later pronounced deceased on the scene.
Major Crash Investigator J. Barkley and A. Satterlee responded to the scene. Forensics and a Victim’s Advocate also responded.
Alcohol/drugs are an unknownfactor at this time. Speed is an unknown a factor at this time. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified.
If you witnessed this traffic crash or have information about this traffic crash, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department.
The Fourth of July brings together family and friends to celebrate our nation’s founding. With that commonly comes fireworks celebrations large and small. The Cape Coral Police Department wants to ensure that home fireworks celebrations are being conducted safely and within the law.
Recent amendments to the law in Florida have made the calendar dates of July 4th, December 31st, and January 1st the only dates where fireworks are permitted. Many prefer to set off their fireworks at home, despite the excellent displays put on each year at the city’s “Red White and BOOM” event. If you choose to do your own this year, please keep your safety and others a top priority. Please keep in mind that fireworks are not exempt from the City of Cape Coral noise ordinance, which is in effect at all hours of the day but becomes more stringent between the hours of 11pm and 7am.
Common complaints regarding fireworks are the distress they can cause combat veterans, as well as distress caused to family pets. Please consider asking your neighbors about these issues beforehand to avoid potential issues.
The Cape Coral Police Department thanks you for celebrating the birth of our nation safely and responsibly.
Never let young children light or handle fireworks.
Use fireworks away from people, houses and flammable material.
Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting.
Do not ignite devices in a container.
Do not use fireworks while under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
Keep a garden hose or bucket of water handy in case of fire, and soak spent or unused fireworks before throwing them away.
A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of two men, one of which wound up facing charges for being armed with a large hatchet.
On June 19th, 2021 at around 8:50 p.m., a CCPD Patrol officer was notified by Dispatch of a license plate reader hit on a stolen license plate possibly headed toward his location at Surfside Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Parkway. The officer observed traffic and spotted the vehicle in question, pulling it over at the 2000 block of Veterans Memorial Parkway.
The officer made contact with the occupants, Bernard Prescott (W/M, DOB: 5-27-77) and Christopher Prince (W/M, DOB: 4-10-84). The officer’s subsequent investigation showed an active warrant for Prescott for failing to appear on a suspended license and also for the license plate theft.
The unregistered vehicle required towing, and the officer asked the passenger Prince to exit the car. When he did, the officer observed a large hatchet with a tape-wrapped handle between the door and Prince’s seat, as well as a cut straw with white residue on the floorboard. The subsequent search of Prince turned up a black pouch with another cut straw and seven grams of methamphetamine. Prince was also found to be a previously convicted felon.
Bernard Prescott was placed under arrest on his active warrant as well as for petit theft, while Prince was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, unlicensed carrying of a concealed weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon as a convicted felon. Both were transported to the Lee County Jail.