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On June 27, at approximately 9:57 a.m., a witnesses observed the below listed juveniles knock on the front door at 3006 Redwood Avenue. Both juveniles then walked to the rear of the residence and they gained entry by breaking a window pane on a rear entry door. A second witness observed them enter the back yard. Both of the juveniles then searched the residence and stole 3 loaded semi-automatic firearms. Police officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter and the two juveniles were spotted cutting through a yard on Maplewood Avenue, one street east of Redwood Avenue. Another officer spotted the two juveniles off of New Jersey and they ran back westbound. The three firearms stolen from the victim’s house were recovered in the 3000 block of New Jersey Road. Police K-9 tracked the two juveniles to a back yard at 3012 Maplewood Avenue were they had concealed themselves in a small shed.

Both subjects were charged with Burglary and later transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.

Arrested:  Daniel Stephens, DOB 1/30/97, 17 yrs old.
1736 Lowry Avenue, Lakeland.
Charged with: Burglary unoccupied dwelling/become armed. F1.

Arrested: Jerome Grant, DOB 9/9/97, 16 yrs old,
3036 Drewery Avenue, Lakeland.
Charged with: Burglary unoccupied dwelling/become armed. F1.

 

Traffic Fatality on Pipkin Road

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 20, 2014)

On June 20th at approx. 11:57 a.m., a 2013 Honda Accord driven by Carla Sitte, pulled out of Morgan Creek Preserve heading south. A 2004 Honda motorcycle driven by Caleb Lamkin, 28 yrs old, was traveling westbound on West Pipkin Road and impacted the left front of the Honda Accord. Lamkin was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the roadway. Lamkin was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. Sitte was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Next of kin has been notified. No charges have been filed at this time and the case is still open pending a follow-up investigation by Traffic Homicide Investigator, Officer Michael Catalano.


On June 17, 2014 at approximately 10:35 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to a call of a Japorche Cartisha Pace,16 yrs old, being shot. The shooting took place in the intersection of Second Street and Neville Avenue. Pace stated that she was talking with her friends in the intersection when a white Dodge Avenger drove by traveling east on Second Street. Pace continued talking with her friends as the vehicle drove by and then she heard five or six gunshots. Pace stated she immediately felt pain emitting from her right leg and she ran to a nearby family members residence and notified the police department.

During this same time frame, the Lakeland Police Department received two additional calls of gunshot victims that had just arrived at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC).  A police officer working an off-duty detail at LRMC was able to get a description of the suspect’s vehicle from a witness who drove one of the victims to LRMC. That description is different from what the victims observed and this was broadcast over the police radio. The description was that of a gray or silver in color, four door Mitsubishi Gallant with dark tinted windows occupied by four to five black males.

While en route to the hospital, a police sergeant observed a vehicle matching this description and he attempted to stop the vehicle which fled. The vehicle was able to elude the sergeant after he turned his headlights out.

Dayrontay Shaw, 19 yrs of age, stated he was also at the intersection of Second Street and Neville Avenue and saw a white Dodge Avenger stopped at the stop sign. Shaw then heard five or six gun shots a realized he had been shot in the left leg. Shaw ran to a nearby friend’s house and that friend transported him to LRMC.

Samuel Allen, 21 yrs of age, was at the same intersection when he heard the gun shots and was hit in the left leg and right buttock. Allen did not observe any vehicle and he ran to a nearby neighbor’s house that transported him to LRMC. Allen has been discharged from LRMC.

Detectives were called out to investigate the shooting and at this time, it’s possible that there may have been two vehicles involved. At approximately 11:30 p.m., a white Dodge Avenger was stopped on 5th Street and Martin Luther King Blvd with four occupants. The occupants were questioned and released pending further investigation.  No other details are being released in reference to this vehicle.

This investigation is still ongoing and there are no other details to release at this time. The condition of Pace and Shaw is unknown at this time.

 


On June 16, 2014 at approximately 12:24 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 3904 Cheverly Drive East in reference to a domestic disturbance in progress. The husband, Shad R. Benson, 48 yrs old, had got into a verbal altercation with his wife, Kimberly Benson and had pinned her down on the bed. Kimberly Benson was able to get up and she locked herself into the bathroom. Shad Benson repeatedly kicked on the door and hit it with a hatchet while threatening to shoot through it stating he would kill the the both of them.

Kimberly Benson was able to escape the residence by climbing out the bathroom window. Another witness in the house observed Shad Benson with a rifle in the living room prior to them leaving the residence. During the incident, Shad Benson, opened the front door and screamed at the police threatening to kill them.

After approximately 5 hours of negotiating with Shad Benson, he exited the residence without incident and was taken into custody.

He was charged with:
1. Aggravated Assault
2. False Imprisonment
3. Resisting Arrest Without
4. Simple Battery/Domestic Violence