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Lakeland Police need to identify this suspect of one armed robbery with a knife and one attempted robbery with a knife that occurred on April 20, 2014, within minutes of each other. One robbery occurred at the 7-11, 3071 S. Road 98 and the other at the Grove Park Chevron, 1315 S. Rd 98, Lakeland. The robberies occurred between 6:00am and 7:00am.

In both robberies the suspect entered the stores with a shirt wrapped around his face, brandished a knife and demanded cash from the store clerk.  At the  7-11, the store clerk ran into the cooler and the suspect fled with no money. Minutes later, the suspect appeared at the Grove Park Chevron where the clerk gave the suspect cash and he fled on foot. The images were taken off the surveillance camera from the Grove Park Chevron. Neither victim was injured during the robbery.

The man is described as a white male, 5’08” to 5’11, 130 pounds, 18 to 25 years of age. He was wearing gray sweat pants, a two tone black and gray long sleeve shirt, and black shoes.

If you have any information regarding these robberies, please call  Detective Stacey Pough at 863-834-6966.


 

On April 14, the Lakeland Police Department received information from the victim’s mother that her son was engaged in sexual activity with his English teacher who is employed at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, 4141 Medulla Road, Lakeland, Florida. The English teacher has been identified as Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29 years of age. It was discovered that the victim, 17 years of age and Fichter had been texting each other with Fichter using two different alias’ and later meeting in the early morning hours for sex in the parking lot of the Reserve Apartments, 4920 State Road 33, Lakeland. The sexual encounters occurred in Fichters vehicle.

 

The victim’s mother discovered this relationship after reviewing text messages from her son and she asked that Fichter respond to her residence to talk. According to the victim’s mother, Fichter admitted to the sexual encounters and professed her love for him.

The victim admitted to his involvement with detectives saying that they met for sex a total of 3 times at the Reserve Apartments and 3 times at another location off of New Tampa Highway within the city limits. In addition, the victim admitted to sex numerous times outside the cities jurisdiction and within the jurisdiction of Polk and Hillsborough County. These incidents are currently under investigation by both agencies who assisted in the investigation.

Jennifer Christine Fichter was arrested at her residence at 11:40 p.m., and later transported to the Polk County Jail. Fichter has been charged with Unlawful Sexual Activity With A Minor (6 counts).


On Thursday, April 17, 2014, officers from the Lakeland Police Department, along with other local agencies, will participate in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. The run is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Runners will make their way from the Southgate Publix to the Lake Miriam Publix.

In 1981, Chief Richard LaMunyon, Wichita, KS, had an idea to get Law Enforcement involved and raise awareness for Special Olympics and from there the Torch Run was established. The International Association of Chiefs of Police adopted the program and is recognized as the founding organization of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. Lakeland Police officers have participated in the Torch Run since its inception and have raised funds for Special Olympics through the Torch Run and other special events.

Please leave extra time to travel on S. Florida Avenue during the Torch Run as only one (1) lane will be open while the runners make their way to finish line.


This year, April 6 – 12, 2014 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The theme this year is “30 Years – Restoring the Balance of Justice”. Lakeland Police Department is committed to helping victims of crimes in our community in a variety of ways: 

  24 hours a day, 7 days a week availability of staff or volunteers to go to crime scenes, hospital, or other designated locations
  Crisis Intervention - at the crime scene or the hospital
  Assistance with completing restitution request
  Court escort
  Criminal court orientation
  Transportation for services related to the initial victimization
  Assistance with filing victim compensation claims
  Assistance with property return
  Accompaniment to line-ups
  Interviews and photo pack review
  Death notification

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “About 50 percent of violent crimes are not reported, and only a fraction of victims receive the help they need.” We are working to assist all victims of crime in our community and provide information on the resources available. If you become a victim of crime, you want to know what your rights are and where you can go for assistance, Lakeland Police Department Victim Assistance personnel are there to help.

For more information on Victim Compensation, visit www.myfloridalegal.com.