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On Monday, December 8, 2014 at 12:54 p.m., officers responded to a 9-1-1 call on W Parker Street in reference to a residential burglary which had just occurred. Upon arrival, police made contact with the victim. 

The victim stated that she was in her bedroom when she heard her house being burglarized. One of the suspects opened her bedroom door and spotted her, at which time; four suspects exited the home and jumped a back fence fleeing. The victim was very startled and frightened, but not physically harmed. According to information received from a witness, four (4) black males were seen running from the residence. Police immediately set up a perimeter and were able to take 3 of the 4 males into custody.

Police are continuing to follow up on leads and are searching for the 4th subject.

Arrested:

1. Kevonta Demaine Isaac
B/M, 19 years old
915 Ariana Street
Lakeland, FL

2. Dajour Jaquan Wright
B/M, 16 years old
907 Buttercup Drive
Lakeland, FL

3. Demetrius Diamonte Johnson
B/M, 17 years old
400 W. Beacon Road
Lakeland, FL

The suspects were transported to Polk County. This release will be updated as more information becomes available.

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On July 25, 2014 at 11:39 p.m., Detective Billy Lane, was arrested and charged by the Osceola County Sheriffs Office for driving under the influence. Det. Lane was off-duty at the time of the incident and not driving a city vehicle.  On July, 26th Lane was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an administrative investigation.

 

On October 9, 2014, Lane submitted his letter of resignation prior to any final disciplinary action. Interim Chief Giddens completed his review of all the relevant facts and evidence presented in the administrative investigation.  The Chain-of-Command recommended termination in Lanes case. The sustained violations are:

 

1.     Unlawful Conduct

2.     Conduct Unbecoming

 

Lane is 42 years of age and has been employed with the Lakeland Police Department for 19 years.


UPDATE: 

Diep Pham, 62, of Lakeland was arrested at 4:40 p.m. from her home in Lakeland. Pham has been charged with Burglary and Petit Theft. She will be transported to PCSO after processing. The stolen phone was recovered.

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

On Thursday, July 17, 2014 an unknown suspect took a gray Samsung Galaxy Exhibit from a Buick Le Sabre parked at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Family Health Center, 300 Parkview Place. The victim has a security application that took a photo of the subject who tried to access her phone.

The subject is described as a Hispanic female, last seen wearing a green dotted dress.

Anyone who has 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.



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.