Police, state attorney seek tips in 6-year-old homicide of store manager in Cape Coral

Michael Braun
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

Six years ago T.J. Maxx store manager Alfred Griffiths took a break from his job for a smoke on a bench outside the Del Prado Boulevard retailer. He would never return to his job.

Just before 9 p.m. he was fatally gunned down, shot in the head, with the shooter fleeing the scene immediately.

On the anniversary of Griffith’s Nov. 18, 2014, homicide, the Cape Coral Police Department and the State Attorney’s Office Cold Case Homicide Unit are asking anyone who may have any information about the cold case to come forward.

To help generate tips for Griffith’s unsolved homicide as well as other unsolved crimes, State Attorney Amira Fox announced Wednesday the State Attorney’s Office Cold Case Homicide Unit Tip Line.

Anyone with information on an unsolved case can call 1-833-987-2611 with all callers staying anonymous unless they choose to provide their information for contact.

Tips can also be provided at capecops.com/tips or Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

The case has been regularly promoted for tips by Cape Coral police and Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers with $28,000 in reward money available for information leading to an arrest.

Griffiths was with the company for 14 years, according to the Massachusetts-based retailer.

According to witnesses, Griffiths was on a cigarette break when he was shot multiple times while a police cruiser was in the parking lot.

Griffiths died at the hospital. 

Witnesses at the time said they saw a possible male suspect run and get into a car, possibly an older-model sedan, possibly gold or silver and possibly a Chevrolet Cavalier or Impala.

In the wake of the homicide, police have never said if Griffiths was targeted. They said he lived a quiet life. 

“He’d go to work, he’d go home, he took care of his family,” Detective Bennett Walker said in 2015. “He really didn’t lead a lifestyle that would lead you to believe he would die in such a horrific manner.”

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