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Wanted Person: Attempted Murder

On November 1, at approximately 12:35 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to a shooting in which two subjects had been shot. The suspect, Justin Michael Footman, was visiting with the victims Kendrick Lamond McGary, 24 yrs old and Ryan Rachon McGary, 29 yrs old, at 840 North New York Avenue. While playing cards, Footman produced two firearms and forced both Kendrick and Ryan to lay face down on the kitchen floor and give him their money. Footman then shoots Ryan as he lays on the floor and Kendrick as he jumps up and flees the residence. Footman fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Both victims were transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the scene later evening obtained an arrest warrant signed by Judge Harb for Footman on the below listed charges:

Arrest Warrant for:
Justin Michael Footman, B/M, DOB: 11/06/1988
Height: 508 Weight: 120
Hair: Bald Eyes: Brown
1. Attempted Felony Murder, 2 cts.
2. Robbery w/Firearm, 2 cts.
3. Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

Footman should be considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

November Chief's Chat

Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue.  

Police Investigate Abduction/Kidnapping


On 10/28/13 at approximately 07:30 pm, Ms. Robin Hamilton contacted the Lakeland Police Department and reported her 26 year old daughter, Elizabeth Rae Hamilton, as “missing” from her job at the Lakeland Square Mall. LPD officers responded to event location and initiated an investigation. Through their efforts it was believed that Elizabeth may have been taken by her ex-boyfriend, who was identified as Brett Lee Curtis, w/m, dob 10/11/85.

LPD detectives continued the investigation by interviewing witnesses and family members. A statewide BOLO was issued for a white, Nissan Altima which was believed to be the vehicle being driven by Mr. Curtis. That vehicle was spotted by a South Daytona Police officer at 3:03 am. When the driver refused to stop a police chase ensued.

According to Volusia County Sheriff’s Department POI Gary Davidson, the chase ended after the vehicle was disabled with the use of “stop sticks” deployed by Brevard County deputies. During the chase, the driver of that vehicle opened fire on pursuing police units. No reports of injuries to any law enforcement officers have been reported. As the vehicle came to a stop near the 225 mile marker on I-95 in Brevard County, a white female, identified as Elizabeth Hamilton was able to escape from the vehicle. The driver remained in the vehicle.

The preliminary investigation of that incident indicates that the driver appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:56 am.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Department has assumed the death investigation at this time. For additional information please contact that agency.


Ms. Robin Hamilton, mother of Elizabeth Rae Hamilton has asked that we issue the following statement for their family:

“We are not commenting on the case at this time as it is under investigation. We would like to express our deep gratitude and sincere thanks for the efforts of all law enforcement and security agencies who aided in the process which culminated in our daughter’s safe return. We would also like to especially thank the officers and detectives of the Lakeland Police Department for their immediate response, steady determination, and exemplary manner in which they handled this matter”

Further updates will be provided as is appropriate.

Attempt to Identify - Grand Theft Suspect


On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at approximately 11:00 p.m., unknown suspects took recycled cardboard bales from the rear of the Walmart store; 5800 US Hwy 98 N. Video shows that two vehicles approached the rear of the store and an unknown number of suspects loaded the bales onto the trucks.

One vehicle was a Ryder truck with a flatbed trailer, and a green Bobcat on the trailer. The second vehicle was a semi truck with a flatbed trailer.

Anyone with information on this incident, or the identification of the suspects 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.