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Traffic Crash Fatality from April 3rd

The Lakeland Police Department continues its investigation into the traffic crash fatality form April 3rd on Galloway Road. No charges have been filed yet on who had the firearm in the vehicle. Detectives have identified that the driver of the stolen 2005 Buick Rendezvous and they had an arrest warrant issued for Antonio Tyrone Jones, Jr, 20 yrs of age.  Antonio Jones, Jr, is in guarded condition at this time.

Antonio Tyrone Jones, Jr, 20 years of age. Identified as the driver. Documented Gang member

Charges:

1) Vehicular Homicide F-1

2) Burglary of a Conveyance F-3

3) Grand Theft Auto F-3

4) Fleeing to Elude F-3

 

 His criminal history is;

  • ·       Felony Petit Theft, 2 or more convictions.
  • ·       Failure to Appear
  • ·       Trespassing
  • ·       Burglary of a dwelling
  • ·       Larceny – Felony
  • ·       Resisting Arrest w/o Violence
  • ·       Giving false name to a law enforcement officer
  • ·       Violation of probation
  • ·       Burglary
  • ·       Grand Theft
  • ·       Failure to Appear
  • ·       Burglary
  • ·       Grand Theft
  • ·       Fraud
  • ·       Burglary
  • ·       Grand Theft
  • ·       Grand Theft

The following occupants have also been identified as being in the vehicle. No charges have been filed against the occupants at this time.

 

1.     Raymond Morris, 16 yrs of age, Documented Gang Member.

2.     Kevon Rashard O’Neal, 18 yrs of age. Documented Gang member

3.     Kevonte Diemaine Isaac, 19 yrs of age.  Documented Gang member

4.     Earl Bostick, 14 yrs of age.  No gang affiliation.

5.     Deon Freeman, 17 yrs of age. Documented Gang member


On April 5th, at 10:02 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Mobil Station, 3437 Hwy 98 North in reference to a skimming device found on the inside of a gas pump. This gas pump had been clandestinely retrofitted with a device, one that enables a thief to steal drivers' credit-card and PIN information each time they paid for fuel at the machine.

The clerk stated an alarm went off to check the receipt paper at one of the gas pumps and when he opened the door, he noticed the skimmer. The clerk had to unlock the gas pump door and is only one key to the gas pump door.  There would be nothing suspicious for a customer to see since it was installed on the inside of the gas pump.

The skimming device could have been attached to the pump for up to 5 days. No other skimming devices were located on the other pumps.  If a citizen has recently used this Mobile Station, it is recommended that they check their statements and immediately call their credit card company as well as the Lakeland Police Department if they discover unauthorized charges on their account.

 A few tips to avoid gas-station skimmers are:

 Pump gas from the inside-lane pumps and those closest to the door of the establishment

Check to see if the gas-station pump has safety seal tape on the door. Many stations are placing this tape on the tank to ensure the tank is not tampered with

Do not use a tank if the cabinet appears to be tampered with, or if it is not locked

If you choose to use a debit card at a gas station, run the card as credit so that your PIN is not required.


On April 3rd at 7:39 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 200 North Galloway Road in reference to a traffic crash. One of the vehicles involved in the crash, 2005 Buick Rendezvous, had been reported stolen to the Lakeland Police Department earlier that morning at 9:05 a.m. The owner of the stolen vehicle had entered his residence leaving the vehicle unlocked and the keys in the ignition. He was in his residence briefly and when he comes back out, his vehicle was stolen.

Prior to the accident, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) was conducting traffic enforcement when they attempted to stop the speeding stolen Buick Rendezvous as it traveled south bound on Galloway Road near the intersection of Sutton Road. The vehicle fled from a PCSO Deputy and he discontinued his efforts to stop the vehicle to include turning off his emergency lights and turning away. The deputy never got close enough to get a tag number or identify the driver. For additional details on PCSO involvement, please contact their Public Information Officer, Carrie E. Horstman.

At the scene of the crash, LPD officers observed the stolen Buick Rendezvous facing north on its right side on the east shoulder of the roadway. The other vehicle, 2004 Toyota 4 Runner, was facing south on the east shoulder of the roadway with the driver deceased in the drivers set. The driver of the Toyota 4 Runner was not wearing a seat belt.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the stolen Buick Rendezvous was traveling north on Galloway Road North. It appears that the stolen Buick crossed the center double yellow line and hit the Toyota 4 Runner head on.

The stolen Buick Rendezvous rotated and came to a final rest facing north on its side on the east shoulder of the roadway. The Toyota 4 Runner rotated and came to a final rest facing south on the east shoulder of the roadway. No tire marks were observed to indicate breaking from either vehicle.

The stolen Buick Rendezvous was occupied by six males, all of which were transported to Lakeland Regional Health for various injuries except for one juvenile who was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital. Detectives are still trying to verify names, address and date of birth of all the occupants.  It appears at this time that there were 3 juveniles and 3 adults in the vehicle, one of which had a loaded handgun in his pocket.  Five of the occupants were stable with serious injuries and unconscious.

The driver of the stolen Buick Rendezvous has not been identified as of yet. Traffic homicide investigators and detectives will follow-up with the State Attorney’s Office as the investigation continues and at this time, no charges have been filed.

The deceased driver of the Toyota 4 Runner has been identified as Matthew John Smith, 31 years of age of Lakeland. Next-of-kin has been notified.


Chief’s Chat Canceled for April 6th

The Chief’s Chats held at the Lakeland Police Department have now moved to a quarterly Chief’s Chat with the next one scheduled for June 1st. We have also changed the format of the meeting to give you more time for a question & answer session with Chief Giddens. The September Chiefs Chat has been moved one week to September 14th due to Labor Day. The meetings will still be held at LPD. We will send out a press release and update our social media sites as the dates get closer.

In addition, we have launched “Coffee with the Chief” every three months with the first one being held on April 29th, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at The Village Inn, 3770 Lakeside Village Ct. “Coffee with the Chief” will be alternated between north and south Lakeland locations. The coffee is on us as we discuss our plans to make Lakeland a Safe Community to visit, work, live, and raise a family. More on this event will be posted in the upcoming weeks.