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Update on Homicide Case - Gregory Allen Ross, 19 yrs old.

The location the victim was shot at, 833 N. Florence Avenue is what is commonly called a “Trap House” (Term used to define a crack house, or the surroundings in which a drug dealer would use to make their profit).
Items of evidentiary value were located in the house which would indicate drug activity. No other details will be discussed on items located inside the house.

On 2/28/14 at 11:23 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in reference to Ross being shot in the right thigh. Ross stated that while walking west on 13th Street near Kettles Avenue, he heard what sounded like “firecrackers” and then realized he had been shot. Ross walked to LRMC at this time. Ross stated he saw no vehicle or person that could have caused this injury. Officers discovered dark marks near his wound that were consistent with stippling (Shots fired from close range leaving marks are discolorations of the skin caused by burning gunpowder) indicating the injury was self-inflicted or by an “unknown” person up close.  Ross gave several conflicting statements to responding officers at LRMC. 

Detectives are still working the case, attending the autopsy today and following up on leads. Anyone with additional information on this case should call Det. Hurley at 863-834-8973.

 

On March 8, 2014 a relative arrived at 833 N. Florence Avenue to check on Gregory Allen Ross Jr., 19 years old.  At this time, Ross was found inside the residence deceased from a gunshot wound. The relative then called 9-1-1 at  8:23 pm. The Lakeland Police Department responded to the scene at 8:25 p.m. and located Ross who was later pronounced deceased by EMS at 8:37 pm.

The Violent Crimes Unit and Crime Scene personal responded to scene and canvassed the area for any additional evidence or witnesses. No witnesses or suspects have been located at this time and detectives are continuing with their investigation. Ross was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy which is scheduled for Monday, March 10th. At this time, no additional information is being released.


On February 22, 2014 at 4:51 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 1350 Atline Road in reference to a possible dead body in the wood line area east of the railroad tracks. A citizen passing through the area spotted what appeared to be a body and notified the police. The responding officer located a deceased black male, appearing to be a juvenile. Violent Crimes Detectives, State Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner responded to the scene.  Investigators are not releasing the cause of death at this time and detectives are canvassing the area and attempting to locate witnesses.The decedent has been identified as a runaway from last night. He was reported missing to the Lakeland Police Department on 2/22/14 at 3:15 a.m. This investigation is now classified as a homicide. He was reported missing by his mother. He has been identified as: Damarco Powell, B/M, 10/10/96. 870 Candyce Avenue, Lakeland, Florida.

                                                                                                                                               


On October 10, 2013, at approximately 6:30 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 215 West Belmar Street in reference to a Strong Armed Robbery. The victim, John J. Papay, 83, called the police department from his residence to report the robbery. Papay stated that he went for his morning walk and was struck from behind at least once in the head causing him to fall to the ground. An unknown suspect then took his wallet and Papay stated that he only got a glimpse of the suspect and could not identify him.

Papay was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center for treatment due to a severe head injury he received from the robbery. The case was assigned to Violent Crimes Detective Tim McDonald. Detective McDonald worked the case reviewing all potential evidence. On January 29, 2014, Detective McDonald  contacted the a family member of Papay to see if there was any improvements in his condition at which time Detective McDonald was informed  that Papay had passed away while in care at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center on December 18th, 2013.  The hospital advised the detective that Papay had died due to unrelated causes not related to the robbery.

The Medical Examiner was notified and ruled the death of Papay was the result of the injuries he received in the robbery. The Lakeland Police Department then notified the State Attorney’s Office that the robbery had transcended into a homicide.

No other details are being released at this point and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

• Reported to LPD on 10/10/13
• Papay dies in the care of LRMC on 12/18/13
• LPD Det. McDonald notified of death on 1/29/14