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Detectives working "around the clock" in Cape Coral 15-year-old's death

Police say a car with one or more suspects used headlights to blind a group of teen girls in an attempt to rob them. One of the teens, Kayla Rincon-Miller, was shot and killed.
Cape Coral Murder Investigation
Posted at 6:21 AM, Mar 18, 2024

Update, Monday, March 25th:

The Cape Coral Police Department shared the below post Monday, saying that detectives are working "around the clock" as they investigate Kayla-Rincon Miller's murder. Investigators say leads are still coming. They ask that anyone with information regarding this case contact the Cape Coral Police Department or Southwest Florida CrimeStoppers.

"Any updates we release at this point could negatively impact our investigation."

Update Thursday, March 21st:

FOX 4 has obtained documents from the Cape Coral Police Department providing more details about the murder and attempted robbery of 15-year-old Kayla Rincon-Miller.

The report says four people were allegedly inside the car that drove up to Miller and two teens just before the shooting occurred.

After Miller was shot, the report says a car full of five teens was flagged down and called 911.

Police have said the shooting was targeted - though the report made at the time of the crime - says the juveniles did not know the shooters or anyone that would want to hurt Kayla.

At this time, police arrested 16-year-old Thomas Roy Stein in connection to the killing, but have said they are looking for more suspects.

Update Wednesday, March 20th:

The Cape Coral Police Department has confirmed a teen was arrested in connection to the death of 15-year-old Kayla Rincon-Miller.

Police confirm that 16-year-old Thomas Roy Stein is a suspect, and they believe that there are others involved in this homicide.

Investigators are still actively working the case.

RELATED: Full update on Thomas Roy Stein's arrest

Update Tuesday, March 19 6:49pm

SWFL Crimestoppers is offering up to $3,000 in reward money for information regarding the death of Kayla Rincon-Miller.

Update Tuesday March 19 6:30pm

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Cape Coral Police Department told Fox 4 they cannot release a description of the vehicle, but said "the department is actively investigating, reviewing evidence, and pursuing every lead and tip."

Original Reporting

We're learning more about the teen killed in a bizarre and violent robbery attempt in Cape Coral Sunday night.

Police released the photo above of the victim, Kayla Rincon-Miller. She was just 15.

Related: Family member of teen says they are 'devastated'

The Cape Coral Police Chief says a car of one or more suspects used headlights to blind Rincon-Miller and two other girls in an attempt to rob them, and Rincon-Miller was shot and killed.

"It's certainly unnerving for the general public that this happened on a Sunday night," Chief Anthony Sizemore told Cape Coral's Community Correspondent Colton Chavez and other reporters during a briefing Monday morning.

Chief Sizemore did not believe that a city-wide alert was needed, just asking people to be vigilant as they normally would. He did say the Sunday night was atypical because school was out for Spring Break.

"As far as a random group of people driving around robbing people, I don't believe that that is going to end up being the case, but right now we don't have any information we can release that's going to contradict that."

Chief Anthony Sizemore, Cape Coral Police Department

Chief Sizemore said Kayla Rincon-Miller and two of her friends had just seen a movie at Marquee Cinemas Coralwood and were walking to get something to eat from a McDonald's at about 10:00pm, when they were confronted on SE 20th Street.

Related: Some worried about safety in Cape Coral following this shooting

"One of the girls told detectives a car pulled up and blinded them with their lights, and then suspects jumped out of the car and attempted to rob them. One of the individuals began to shoot and Ms. Rincon-Miller was struck in the chest. All 3 girls stated they did not know the shooter was." Sizemore said.

Rincon-Miller was conscious and able to speak when officers first arrived, Sizemore said.

"Our officers responded within minutes and began live-saving efforts on the gunshot victim, even applying a chest pack that's commonly used in combat,"

Chief Sizemore said Rincon-Miller was hospitalized but did not survive her injuries.

"We are actively seeking any information on the shooting — Ring camera, commercial surveillance from surrounding businesses, or any bystanders or witnesses who may have been present and fled at the time," said Chief Sizemore.

Chief Sizemore said they did not yet have any specific information to share about the suspect or suspects involved, except that they were young.

He encouraged people with information to call the Cape Coral Police Department directly at 239-574-3223 or CrimeStoppers 1-800-780-TIPS.