Reward increased for info about deaths of two Fort Myers men

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The reward has been raised for tips that help catch the people responsible for the deaths of two Fort Myers men.

Fort Myers City Council members approved adding an extra $2,500 to the rewards at their Monday meeting. The idea was presented by council member Johnny Streets of Ward 2 where both of these murders happened. Now the total reward for each case is at $5,500.

Craig Truttling died after being shot on Friday, July 29. The 33-year-old coach for the 14U Fort Myers Firecats, was gunned down inside his pickup truck on the side of Highland Circle.

The following day, 61-year-old Danny Hand was hit and killed by the driver of a Toyota Avalon along Highland Avenue and Thomas Street, less than a block from his home.

Hand’s stepson, Kevin Henry spoke with NBC2.

“Boxing, he could’ve been the next hall of fame Mike Tyson. He was bad,” Henry said remembering his stepfather. “If he had a dollar he would give it to you. Going to work all the time do what he had to do to pay bills. In their free time, taking my mom to casinos they go enjoy they selves.”

He said he’s thankful for the support from the city for the extra reward.

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“What you start to allow you permit and when people get comfortable committing crimes,” said Fort Myers Councilman Johnny Streets. “I just don’t want anybody to think you can just come into our city and do what they want to and nobody is going to do everything possible to bring justice.

Streets, a former FMPD officer, said he felt it was important to present the idea to council, saying its important to focus on support between council, police and the community where multiple crimes occur.

“I live within a mile of either one of those situations. So I know how the people feel because I feel the same thing that they do,” he said.

“We’ve had two horrific things happen literally within two days time. We wanna nip that in the bud quickly and get those responsible behind bars,” said Trish Routte with Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

A tip can remain anonymous and can help bring closure to families like Kevin Henry and his mother who are now waiting for closure.

“The last time we had a conversation was at the store. He told me he loved me always look out for your mom and protect her and he told me he loved me,” said Henry. “Anybody out there and have a heart. We just want some information. Please that’s all we ask for.”

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers urges anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers 24/7 at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be made online at the SWFL Crime Stoppers website or on the P3 Tips app.

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