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Teen Falls Off While Riding on Car; Hospitalized

(May 23, 2015)- A teenage female was hospitalized with serious injuries after a single vehicle crash last evening.

At around 7:30 PM, Cape Coral Police Department responded to the 500 block of NW 16 Place.  Investigation revealed that a teenage girl who was riding on the hood of a car in a neighborhood, slid off the car and stuck her head on road, sustaining a life threatening injury.

Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, and Victim Advocate responded to the scene.

The victim was taken as a trauma alert to a local hospital.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below.

DATE: May 22, 2015
TIME: 7:27 pm
LOCATION: 500 NW 16 Place
CR: 15-008459
ASSIGNED MCI: M/Cpl. Satterlee

VEHICLE: 2010 black 4 door Suzuki car.
DRIVER: JUVENILE #1, 16 YO W/F of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER INJURIES: JUVENILE #1 suffered no injuries.

PASSENGER 1: JUVENILE #2, W/F, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PASSENGER 1 INJURIES: JUVENILE #2 suffered no injuries.

PASSENGER 2: JUVENILE #3, 16 YO W/F, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PASSENGER 2 INJURIES: JUVENILE #3 suffered life threatening injuries.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was in the driveway of a residence in the 500 block of NW 16 Place with two juvenile females inside.  A third female, JUVENILE #3, came outside and sat on the front hood of the vehicle toward the passenger side.  The vehicle backed out of the driveway and drove North on NW 16 Place at a slow speed (7-10 mph).  Vehicle 1 traveled 1 city block and slowed to make a left turn (headed a house nearby) and JUVENILE #3 slid off the passenger side of the car toward the front passenger tire.  JUVENILE #3's right foot got caught under the right front tire as she came off the vehicle.  JUVENILE #3 then struck her head on the roadway.  The vehicle came to an immediate stop and police were called.

JUVENILE #3 was trauma alerted to a local hospital by ambulance with a life threatening head injury.  MCI Satterlee, Forensics personnel, and Cape Coral Police Department Victim Advocate responded.  All evidence was consistent with driver and passenger statements.  The next-of-kin HAS BEEN notified.  This traffic crash IS NOT alcohol/drug related.  There are no criminal charges pending.  Due to injuries, case pending further follow-up.

JUVENILE #3 is listed in critical but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital.  JUVENILE #3 is being admitted for observations.

***There are 5 traffic fatalities and 22 MCI usages in our city in 2015. (There are 1 fatalities that are ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash. These 1 "medical" fatalities are not included in the number of traffic fatalities).***

Breakdown of the past 5 years FYI:

  • 2015: 5 Traffic fatalities (22 MCI usages- Motorcycle 5, Pedestrian 6, Bicycle 3) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)
  • 2014: 11 Traffic fatalities (40 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)
  • 2013: 14 Traffic fatalities (43 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical ruled deaths)
  • 2012: 10 Traffic fatalities (21 MCI usages)
  • 2011: 11 Traffic fatalities (24 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical and 1 suicide ruled deaths)
  • 2010: 9 Traffic fatalities (22 MCI usages)
PHOTO:  Picture of Cape Coral Police Patrol Car outside of crime scene tape at a serious injury crash.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Picture of Cape Coral Police Patrol Car outside of crime scene tape at a serious injury crash.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

North Cape Crime Spree Ends With Rollover Crash, Warrant, and Arrest

(May 22, 2015)- What started as an early morning crash yesterday turned into a big break in a string of NW Cape Coral burglaries.

Officers responded to the 1900 block of Chiquita Boulevard N. yesterday morning shortly after 5:00 AM where they found a 2012 VW 4-door overturned.  Witnesses said two occupants fled the vehicle on foot.  Officers set up a perimeter and attempted to locate the occupants but were initially unsuccessful.  Investigation revealed that the vehicle was involved in a hit and run crash at Mariner High School, damaging a gate, and the car itself had been stolen overnight.

Another officer remembered seeing that same vehicle parked near 1021 NW 10 Ave. earlier in the evening.  Officers made contact at that residence with Jeremiah Raski and another juvenile.  Evidence at the residence (clothing and shoes wet-to the touch and covered with sand spurs) suggested that the juveniles, unbeknownst to the parent at the residence, had been outside of the home overnight.  Investigators determined that these two, along with a third suspect, Clifton Dortch had been "car hopping" (committing auto burglaries, primarily of unlocked cars). While doing so, they stole the Volkswagen and wrecked it.

Cape Coral Police Department Investigative Services Bureau personnel were contacted and Cape Coral Police Department Property Crimes Detectives assisted with the investigation.  As the investigation unfolded, it became apparent that these subjects were connected to a rash of residential and vehicle burglaries that had happened in the NW Cape over the past week.  A Ping4 alert had been sent last weekend, warning residents to remove valuables and lock their car doors.

A search warrant was obtained for 1021 NW 10 Ave. and numerous items connected to multiple burglaries were located and collected by Detectives and Forensics.  All three suspects were taken into custody on the initial charges listed below.  Additional felony charges are pending.

ARRESTED: Clifton E. Dortch, Jr., B/M, DOB: 7/28/1999, of 1625 NW 17 Ter., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Burglary, Criminal Mischief (Over $1,000), Grand Theft.

ARRESTED: JUVENILE B/M
CHARGES: Hit and Run (involving damage to property), Driving Without a License.

ARRESTED: Jerimyah Raski, B/M, DOB: 05-06-1998, of 1021 NW 10 Ave., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Grand Theft (Auto).

Today, investigators continued the investigation, combing canals in the area for stolen items from the multiple residential and auto burglaries.  Divers were in the water for several hours pulling purses, laptops, and tablets from the murky water.

PHOTO:  Officer Christian Munoz-Luna surveys an area in a canal where electronics were just located.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Officer Christian Munoz-Luna surveys an area in a canal where electronics were just located.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Cpl. Howard Post assists another diver into the water and is about to hand him his flippers.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Cpl. Howard Post assists another diver into the water and is about to hand him his flippers.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Diver in the Water.  Cpl. Bob Slager conducts a grid search in a North Cape Coral canal.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Diver in the Water.  Cpl. Bob Slager conducts a grid search in a North Cape Coral canal.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Public Notice: Cape Coral Police Department Applies for Justice Assistance Grant

(May 22, 2015)-  The Cape Coral Police Department is in the process of applying for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program FY 2015 local solicitation through the U.S. Department of Justice.

One of the requirements of the grant is that the governing body as well as the public is notified 30 days prior to the submission of the grant.  Only eligible units of government listed on the U.S. Department of Justice website are able to apply for funding.  The City of Cape Coral is eligible to receive $15,129, to be used during Fiscal Year 2016.  The Justice Assistance Grant Program provides critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas, including law enforcement.  Funds may be used for local initiatives that will improve or enhance law enforcement programs and services. 

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341