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During last night’s LHS vs KHS football game, the Lakeland Police Department had an increased amount of officers and street lighting in the area to illuminate some darker areas on the perimeter. The Polk County School Board in partnership with LPD decided to increase security measures for the game to curtail any possible criminal activity in and around the stadium. LPD was also assisted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies and Mounted Patrol Unit. During this time, officers and detectives working the surrounding area recovered 6 firearms as indicated below.

1. Dante Kelly Williams, 16 yrs old, of 2849 Eight Iron Drive, Lakeland was arrested for Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by a minor. He was arrested near the stadium at 4th Street and Virginia Avenue.
2. Rodney Tyrone Williams, 22 yrs of age, of 714 E. Lake Club Drive, Oldsmar, Fla was arrested for Carrying a Concealed Firearm. He was arrested within the stadium by a School Resource Officer.
3. Frederick Antonio Roberts, 19 yrs of age, of 1241 Lake Horney Drive, Lakeland was arrested for carrying a Concealed Weapon. Roberts was in possession of Brass Knuckles and he was arrested at 4th Street and Missouri Avenue.
4. A detective working in an undercover capacity in the area observed 4 to 5 suspicious males around a vehicle at 8th Street and Virginia Avenue. Several of the subjects fled on foot and detectives later recovered four loaded handguns under the seats of the vehicle. This case is still under investigation.

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.

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.  


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.