Date: September 7, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Scott Wilder, (863) 534-6299 or (941) 820-1198 pager

Polk County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Homicide Unit Solves July 27, 2000 Murder; Three Men Arrested

On July 27, 2000, several armed intruders entered the apartment of 19-year-old Reginald Alexander at 3120 Harmon Lane, Winter Haven around 12:30 a.m.  Subsequently, investigation determined the intruders intended to rob the victim of drugs and money.  Alexander was shot three times and died the following day, July 28, 2000, as a result of the gunshot wounds.

Derrica Collins, who was visiting at the time, was abducted from the scene and released unharmed off Harden Boulevard in Lakeland.

As a result of a joint investigative effort with the State Attorney's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Polk County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Homicide Unit, information was developed which led investigators to three suspects.

Following several months of investigation, interviews with witnesses, and surveillance, detectives were able to arrest three suspects for the death of Reginald Alexander.

Warrants for 1st Degree Murder, Armed Burglary, and Armed Robbery were obtained for 23-year-old Nicholas Williams, 3480 NW 207th Street, Carol City, Florida; 33-year-old Frederick McDuffie, 6214 North 43rd Street, Tampa; and 36-year-old Anthony Raines, 3508 S. 78th Street, Tampa.

Frederick McDuffie was arrested at his house located at 6214 N. 43rd Street, Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 6, 2001, at approximately 6:20 a.m. by members of the Tampa Police Department S.W.A.T. Team and Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives.

Anthony Raines was already in custody in the Hillsborough County Jail on unrelated Federal charges.

Nicholas Williams was arrested on September 7, 2001, at 927 N. 18th Court in Hollywood, Florida by the Hollywood Police Department and Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives after detectives received a tip he would be staying at that location.


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