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The Lakeland Police Department will join with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from March 1, 2015 thru March 14, 2015 at midnight.

Officers from the Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citations during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seat belt.  The fine is $114 .00. It only takes two (2) seconds to “click” your seat/safety.

Florida State Statute 316.614 specifically addresses seat belt usage and the following information is being provided /disseminated in advance of the event to educate the public on seat/safety belt usage. It is unlawful for any person:

·        To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless each passenger and the Operator of the vehicle under the age of eighteen ( 18 ) years are restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device pursuant to Florida State Statute 316.613 , if applicable; or

·        To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless the person is restrained by a safety belt.

·        It is unlawful for any person eighteen (18 ) years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt when the vehicle is in motion.

 The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the us age of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives.


The Chief's Chat has been canceled for March 2nd, 2015 at City Hall Commission Chambers. It will be rescheduled for a later date. 


On January 26th, at 8:21 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 4335 Williamstown Blvd (Suburban Extended Stay Motel) in reference to a disturbance called in by management. Patrol officers made contact with the victim who stated that she had been raped at gun point by her ex-boyfriend, David Cuevas. The victim and Cuevas met in Philadelphia, PA and dated for one year. They moved to Lakeland, Florida in December 17, 2014. The victim and Cuevas broke up at the end of December and he left town. On January 25, 2015, Cuevas returned to Lakeland and on the 26th, he met her at the hotel room. Cuevas stated he had a gift for her and then he produced a handgun and knife. The victim was then sexually battered against her will by Cuevas and afterwards he fled the scene in an unknown direction and was suspected to be heading back to Pennsylvania.

The Lakeland Police Department Special Victims Unit obtained a warrant for Cuevas for; Armed Kidnapping, Armed Sexual Battery and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. They were also in the process of filing additional charges for stalking and failure to register as a sex offender.

The suspect, Cuevas, was arrested in Pennsylvania on January 28, 2015 and later allowed to bond out of jail for $35,000.00. At this time, it is unknown the circumstances which would allow him to bond out of jail on these charges. Cuevas refused extradition however he fled on his own from Pennsylvania which reactivated the original charges filed by the Lakeland Police Department.

On February 26th, Cuevas began texting the victim who immediately notified the Lakeland Police Department. Detectives worked the case throughout the day and were able to send a text Cuevas with the victim’s phone and convince him that he was talking to the victim. Cuevas at one point sent a text message saying, “I’ll make all the pain go away”. At approximately 5:30 p.m., detectives were able to get Cuevas to meet at Lake Gibson Park thinking he was meeting the victim. When Cuevas arrived in silver Nissan Xterra, detectives pulled into the park and turned on their emergency lights and attempted to taken him into custody. Cuevas exited his vehicle and fled on foot running in front of Star Bucks and Five Guys Burgers at 4660 N. Socrum Loop road. Detectives continually ordered Cuevas to stop and then observed him reaching into his waist band to produce a firearm. The two detectives then fired at Cuevas striking him an undetermined amount of times.

After Cuevas was pronounced deceased at the scene, detectives noticed what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his leg from pulling the handgun out of his waist. The Medical Examiner will determine how many times Cuevas was shot tomorrow at the autopsy and make a determination on the other apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The detectives were not injured and they have been identified as:

Detective Nicholas Pollice, 33 years old, employed since November, 2011.

Detective Michael Lewis, 28 years old, employed since November, 2011.

Per department policy, the officers will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

The investigation is still ongoing and detective will be getting more details on the circumstances of Cuevas being able to bond out on the felony charges he was taken into custody on in Pennsylvania.

Deceased - David Cuevas, DOB, 12/9/72, Last known address, 6146 Castor Ave, Philadelphia, PA.

His criminal history is:

Listed as Sex Offender out of Pennsylvania.

11/20/98 Arrested in Casola West Hollywood, CA for Fugitive from Justice, Felony.

03/6/98 Arrested for Retail theft, Theft by Deception, and Receiving Stolen property and in PA.

04/08/98 Arrested for Harassment, Harassment by Stalking and Corruption of Minors in PA.

05/05/98 Arrested for Simple Assault, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Rape, Sexual assault, Corruption of minors and Indecent Assault in PA.

12/14/98 Arrested for Simple Assault, Reckless Endangering, Kidnapping, Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Interference w/Custody of children, Theft by unlawful taking, Receiving stolen property and Corruption of Minors in PA.

01/08/99 Arrested for Receiving Stolen property and Retail Theft in PA.

06/19/09 Arrested for Megans Law – Registration in PA.

 

 

 


The Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the City Hall Commission Chambers,  located at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue. We will be introducing the new Assistant Chief Tony Kirk. This will be an opportunity to hear from him and ask questions.  

Please note that the change in location for the Chief’s Chat from the Police Department to City Hall Commission Chambers is due to Chief Giddens earlier swearing n ceremony and to accommodate the overflow in attendance.

Date: March 2nd, 2015

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: City Hall Commission Chambers, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue.