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The Lakeland Police Department is currently investigating a Hit and Run with Serious Bodily Injury crash that occurred on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:04 a.m.  Reportedly, a dark colored vehicle, described as a small to medium size black vehicle with alloy wheels and tinted windows, allegedly struck a pedestrian in the alley west of TA Slammers parking lot in the 1100 block of South Florida Avenue. The vehicle was last seen traveling west on Hunter Street. The pedestrian, identified as 37 year old Luis M. Angeles Valerio, was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center via EMS as a trauma alert with a head injury and internal injuries.

Based on information received and evidence collected, it is possible that there would be damage to the front left portion of the vehicle.

The Traffic Homicide Unit is following up several leads and requests that anyone with any information please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Michael Catalano at (863) 834-2558, or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #2013-21408           THI Officer Catalano


     

       

On Tuesday, February 2, 2014, at approximately 4:25 p.m., two black females entered the Beall’s Outlet, 1421 Highway 98 S, selected merchandise and ran out of the store carrying an armful of merchandise.

Suspect #1 is a black female, small in stature, dark skinned with long hair, wearing multi colored pants and a t-shirt.

Suspect #2 is a black female, slightly heavier, wearing dark colored pants and a light colored shirt. Both females appear to be in their early twenties.

The suspect vehicle is a dark colored, four door possibly a Mercury sedan.

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

Event #14-2528              Detective Anderson


        

On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m., three black females entered the Bath and Body Works at 1441 Town Center Drive with large purses. While in the store, they opened cabinet doors and selected numerous beauty products and placed them in their purses. The black females then excited the location.

The suspects are all described as black females between 30-40 years old, 5’6”-5’9” and average to heavy set build.

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

 

LPD Event #14-2515          Detective Neal Robertson


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