Man Who Looked Like Police Sketch of Murder Suspect Talked Motive with WBBH Crew

By Kevin Eck 

A WBBH reporter and photographer are helping Cape Coral police in their hunt for a killer after they said they spoke to a man who looked like the police sketch of the suspect

Dave Elias, a reporter for the Fort Myers, Fla. NBC affiliate, and photojournalist Ben Colwell said they were “approached by a man bearing a strong resemblance to the sketch. The man claimed to have insight into the shooter’s motive.”

Elias and Colwell went to the Cape Coral Police Department to tell authorities about the man. After hearing the description, investigators quickly rushed Elias and Colwell down the hall to the detectives working the case.


Their story became sworn evidence in the case. Detectives recorded their every word.

“When he was talking, he took a step back,” said Colwell.

Colwell witnessed the man – who said Alfred Griffiths was shot after an argument over a handicapped parking space. Investigators wanted to know every detail about the man.

“It allows us to put a more complete picture together,” said Coston.

After interviewing Elias and Colwell, investigators vowed to follow up with the information. Police tell us that on Friday alone they received almost 60 tips.

“We want to talk to everybody – whether they think they saw something or not,” said Coston.

They are hoping those tips continue pouring in so that they can find the suspect and bring him to justice.