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On February 22, 2014, at approximately 3:17 a.m. Tiffany Powell Humphries reported her son, Damarco Powell missing to the Lakeland Police Department. On the same date, at approximately 5:07 a.m. Officer Ryan Back located Damarco Powell’s deceased body in the wooded section of the 1300 block of Atline Road. The decedent suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the back of the head and was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. 

On February 24th, the Defendant’s Taqiy Lewis and Tyler Knight were arrested in the late evening hours and charged with their involvement in the murder of Damarco Powell:

1) Tyler M. Knight, B/M, 16 yrs old, 324 W. 10th Street, Lakeland, Fla. 
Charge – First Degree Murder w/Firearm

2) Taqiy Malik Lewis, B/M, 16 yrs old, 2211 Dillie Street, Lakeland, Fla.
Charge – False Reports to Law Enforcement Concerning a Capital Felony

According to witnesses, the decedent and Tyler Knight were part of a gang known as Armed And Dangerous (AAD). The investigation revealed that Knight and another witness allegedly received threats from the decedent that he was going to set them up. Witnesses stated that as they walked through the wooded area off Atline Road with the decedent, Knight pulled a handgun and shot the decedent in the back of the head. During the investigation, Taqiy Lewis provided false information to detectives which resulted in him being charged with false report to a law enforcement concerning a capital felony.


    

On Friday, February 7, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., an unknown black male entered the J C Penney store, 3800 N Road 98, at the bedding section. The suspect selected two comforter sets and left without paying for them.

The suspect is described as a black male, 18-25 years old, 5’9-6’, 160-190 lbs with a medium complexion. He was wearing a black coat, black pants, a black Cincinnati baseball cap with red “C” on the front and blue shoes.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual 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 # 14-2838              Detective Burcham


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.

                                                                                                                                               


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