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On May 23rd, the victim, 17 yrs old at the time of the incident and a student at Lakeland Senior High School (LHS) responded to the Lakeland Police Department to report a sexual battery. The victim stated that the suspect, Joseph Tillman, 18 yrs old and also a student of LHS was at her house assisting her with some studies when he sexually battered her on the carport. This location is within the jurisdiction of the Lakeland Police Department. The victim stated these actions were against her will and unwanted. This incident occurred on March 29th, 2014 and was not reported until May 23rd.

 

On May 29th, detectives received information on a second victim and she was interviewed. The victim, 17 yrs old and a student at LHS, stated that at the end of January or beginning of February, she was at a park located within the city limits of Lakeland and speaking to Tillman. The victim stated that she went to use the restroom and Tillman entered the restroom afterwards locking the door. The victim advised she was then sexually battered against her will.

 

On May 29th, at 10:00pm, Joseph Tillman was arrested at his residence, 1036 Butter Cup Drive, Lakeland, Fla. 


 

On May 11th at 8:05 p.m., at 712 E. Garden Street #2, the two victims listed in the affidavit were sitting in front of this location. They observed a blackish-gray 4 door vehicle drive up from the westbound direction on Garden Street and come to a stop in front of the residence. One shot was fired from the front passenger side of the vehicle towards them and no one was hit. One of the witnesses identified the shooter as Bayshawn Kelly, 15 years of age. The other witness could not identify the shooter.

 

Violent Crimes Detectives were called to investigate the shooting and they later arrested Kelly without incident at his residence. Kelly is a documented Florida Gang Member and has been involved in three related shooting incidents within the past two weeks whereas he was a witness, victim and suspect.


On April 27, at 6:35 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 842 North Brunnell Parkway in reference to a shooting. The victim, Mark Rhodes, 16, was walking southbound on the sidewalk in the 800 block of Brunnell Parkway when a vehicle drove by heading northbound and fired several shots at the victim. Rhodes could not identify anyone in the vehicle which is described as a small silver sedan.  A nearby witness observed a subject hanging out the rear passenger window with a gun pointing in his direction. Rhodes realized he had been shot once in the chest at which time he ran to a nearby family members house who transported him to the hospital. Rhodes condition is unknown at this time. It is unknown if this was a gang related shooting at this time. Anyone with additional information can call 863.834.6900.


On April 26th, at 3:00pm, Dayquon Raheem Longs, 15 years old, was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling southbound on Brunnell Parkway near George Jenkins Boulevard. There were three other subjects in the vehicle. A vehicle, unknown make and model, passed them firing rounds at the vehicle striking Longs in the left arm. The other subjects drove him to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center and hospital personnel called the police. His condition is unknown at this time. Patrol officers located the crime scene at 3:58 p.m. and Violent Crime Detectives responded to investigate. A passenger in this vehicle, Bayshawn Kelly, 15 years old is the victim in the next shooting described below.

The second drive-by shooting occurred at 2nd Street and Jewel Avenue this same date at 6:50pm. The victim, Bayshawn Kelly was standing outside at this location when a vehicle drove by and fired several rounds hitting him in the back and arm. He was airlifted to Tampa in critical condition. There is no vehicle or suspect description.

Both of these cases are currently under investigation and its unknown at this time if this was gang related or not. There is no additional information at this time. Anyone with information on either shooting can call 863-834-6900 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.