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

 

UPDATE:  Suspect Who Murdered Grandfather in 2011 Takes Plea Deal

(January 27, 2014)-  Clinton Travis Drake (07/15/92), a LaBelle man who bludgeoned and cut the throat of his 84 year-old grandfather, then fled on foot into a neighborhood near Veterans Parkway and Del Prado Boulevard back in December of 2011 has plead no contest to the charge of Second Degree Murder. Drake was sentenced to 20 years in State DOC, followed by 15 years probation.

Original release after the break.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990
239-574-0642

 

Date: December 5, 2011
Subject: Cape Coral Police Make Arrest in Murder Investigation

Cape Coral Police have arrested Clinton Travis Drake (07/15/92) on charges of 2nd Degree Murder. Drake bludgeoned his grandfather, John William Drake (08/08/27) to death this afternoon.

At 4:06pm, Cape Coral Police received a 911 call stating that a w/m was slumped over the wheel at the intersection of Del Prado Blvd and Veterans Pkwy. Upon arrival, Officers discovered John Drake deceased inside of his 2004 Beige Dodge Pickup Truck.

Within minutes, Officers from the 1st and 3rd Platoons as well as K9 Officers and the Aviation Unit converged on the area. Police concentrated their search efforts to the neighborhood west of Del Prado after we received a call from a citizen who said that they saw a man running through their neighborhood. As this was happening, our Major Crimes Detectives and Forensic Personnel began their investigation at the scene where the truck was located.

At 5:17pm, Clinton Travis Drake was taken into custody in the 1200 Block of SE 26th Terrace, a short distance from the truck. Drake was brought to Cape Coral Police Headquarters where he confessed to Detectives that he had killed his grandfather, John William Drake.

Clinton Travis Drake will be charged with 2nd Degree Murder. The Cape Coral Police Department is working with the Hendry County Sheriff's Office as we speak due to the victim and suspect both residing in Clewiston, FL.

"First and foremost, we grieve for the Drake family tonight. They are going through an unspeakable tragedy; let's not lose sight of that. This was swift police work by the Officers and Supervisors of the 1st and 3rd Platoons as well as the K9 Unit and Aviation Unit to find this dangerous individual running the streets of Cape Coral. Our community has stepped up big again, as we were tipped off that a man was running through the neighborhood and it didn't seem quite right. That citizen called and it aided us in solving a heinous crime. We have made a commitment to being involved in this city, and in times like these, it pays dividends."- Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.

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