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On May 19th, at approximately 12:05 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the area of 1010 Hollingsworth Drive in reference to an attempted sexual battery and kidnapping. The victim, 22, years of age stated she was jogging on the path around Lake Hollingsworth, heading southbound. The victim then glanced back and observed the suspect running up behind her. The suspect grabbed the victim from behind and dragged her off the pathway into a small wooded area between the lake and path. The victim was thrown to the ground and the suspect attempted to pull her shorts off.

The victim then began asking the suspect questions and talking to him calmly to divert his attention which seemed to work. The suspect and victim then got up and walked back to the path as the victim continued to engage the suspect in conversation. The victim then was able to break away from the suspect and flee at which time she called 911. The suspect fled in the opposite direction.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’5”, in his mid 20’s, medium build, with plaited braids and a black doo rag. The suspect was wearing no shirt, black sweat pants, and white socks with gold writing on the toe.

Police K-9 and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office air unit responded to the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Detectives obtained the attached composite drawing from the victim’s description today.  

 Possible Related Incident

 On May 20, 2015 at approximately 9:35 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the area of Lake Hollingsworth and Melton Avenue in reference to a subject performing lewd acts on himself.  The suspect in this case was a black male wearing a white shirt and dark pants and was in his mid 20’s. He appeared to be watching females walk the lake on the jogging path. The witness who was passing by stated the suspect was sitting on a bench in front of Florida Southern. Police officers circulated the area and were unable to locate the suspect.

If you have information about either of these cases, please contact Det. Paula Tolbert at 863-834-8981 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

 

 

 


One of our own is facing a difficult situation and needs our help. Monica Yzaguirre Purvis has been diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer and as a result a fundraising site has been set up to assist with medical and other expenses. There are some immediate financial medical needs as she begins this battle to beat this cancer!! Let’s rally together around Monica and her family and let them know they are not alone in this fight.

Please visit the following link to donate, or donations can be brought to LPD and dropped off with LaShunda Luster (Chief’s Office) or Evelyn Berrazueta (Uniform Patrol Division).

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/monica-s-breast-cancer-journey/354610#.VVZTW2FwxPw.facebook


Lakeland Police Investigate

Hit & Run Traffic Fatality

 

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 16, 2015)

 

On May 16th, at 5:02 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 130 Lake Bonny Drive East, west of Dixie Place, in reference to a traffic accident. This is a two lane roadway divided by a double yellow line. Officers observed a motorized bicycle lying in the southern most curve of East Lake Bonny Drive. The driver of the motorized bicycle was found lying on the roadway in the north bound lane, north of the motorized bicycle.

 

A juvenile traveling in the area located the accident and notified his father who came to the scene and then called EMS. The driver of the motorized bicycle was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS.

 

The preliminary investigation reveals the victim was traveling south on Lake Bonny Drive E. in the north bound lane of traffic. It appears as if the victim was hit head on by an unknown vehicle which left the scene.

 

The victim has been identified as: Julio E Medina Ocasio, 54 yrs old, 430 Arizona Avenue. Next-of-kin has been notified.

 

There are no witnesses at this time the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Lakeland Police Department at 834-6900 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.


In observance of 2015 National Police Week, May 11 through May 17, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (PCLEMF), Inc., will present the 28th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:00 AM, at the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial in the Lakeland Veterans Memorial Park. The park is located on Lime Street, between Lake Beulah Drive and the west side of the Lakeland Center.

This year’s memorial service will mark the 25th anniversary of the dedication of The Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial that occurred on May 12, 1990.

A total of 32 Law Enforcement and Corrections officers who made the “supreme sacrifice and died in the line of duty” while serving the citizens of Polk County with various State, County and Local law enforcement and corrections agencies will be honored during the Memorial Service “Roll Call of Heroes.”

Family members of fallen officers, representatives from various Polk County Law Enforcement and Corrections agencies, public service organizations, and Federal, State, County and Local government agencies will be participating. This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Mr. Gary Hester, Polk County Deputy County Manager for Public Safety.

Highlights of the service will include: Joint Agency Officer Processional March; Presentation of Colors by a Joint Agency Color Guard; Roll Call of Heroes; Fly Over by PCSO and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Aviation Units; Retreat of the Fallen Rider by the PCSO Mounted Unit; bagpipe players; 3 Gun Volley; and Taps. The Harrison Singers from the Harrison School for Visual and Performing Arts will perform an ensemble of patriotic and spiritual songs.

Immediately following the memorial service, the 28th Annual Memorial Service Luncheon, hosted by the FOP Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Inc., will take place at the FOP Polk County Lodge #46, located at 125 West Brannen Rd, Lakeland (east from South Florida Ave. @ Sonny’s). The public is invited to attend the memorial service and luncheon. For more information, please call Bill LePere, Assistant Chief (Retired) and PCLEMF, Inc., Chairman, at 863-834-8911.