The defendant was suspected of committing similar crimes in multiple jurisdictions and counties. On 5/27/15 the defendant was arrested by PCSO on a Hillsborough County warrant for the same crime. Circumstances and descriptions were consistent with the incident in Lakeland. A photo pack containing the likeness of the defendant was obtained. He was identified by the victim and witness.
The defendant has been charged by the Lakeland Police Department with Kidnapping, Falsely Personating Law Enforcement Officer, Burglary to Occupied Conveyance and Petit Theft. He remains in the Polk County Jail.
Defendant: Marco Felix Hernandez-Gonzalez, DOB 10/17/79.
On May 24, 2015 at 2:47 p.m., the victim advised that he was pulled over by what he thought was a police officer after he left the Farmers Market, 2701 Swindell Road. The victim had his 12 year old brother-in-law with him at the time of the incident.
The victim was traveling west on Memorial Blvd in the area of Lone Palm Golf Course, 2855 W. Memorial Blvd, when he observed a vehicle behind him flashing his headlights on and off. The victim pulled over and a Hispanic male approached him telling him that he was a police officer and that he had some unsecured chairs in the back of his truck. The suspect asked the victim to get out of his truck and sit in the back of his vehicle. The suspect proceeded to search the victim’s truck. The brother-in-law, still in the passenger seat observed the suspect take the victim’s wallet. The keys were also taken by the suspect.
The suspect returned to his vehicle and got the victim out of his truck and then the suspect drove off. The victim and brother-in-law were not injured.
The suspect is described as:
Hispanic male, unknown age (adult), 6’ and approx. 200 lbs., wearing a gray shirt, gray pants and dark colored shoes. Unshaven and balding.
The vehicle is described as a newer model Chev. Envoy, 4 dr, blue, unknown tag.
Anyone with similar incidents or information should call the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900.