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On October 21, 2014 at approximately 1:47 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Ramada Inn, 3260 Highway 98 North. The on-duty clerk advised that three (3) masked men rushed through the front door of the hotel and demanded him to turn around, shut up and face the wall. The clerk said they then demanded money from the register and he handed them the cash drawer. The three suspects fled out the front door in an unknown direction. The clerk was not injured in the robbery.


A video surveillance system captured the robbery as well as the suspects’ vehicle. The vehicle is described as a; silver or gold colored Ford F150 crew cab with chrome (long) steps with a sliding rear window.


Suspect #1 - was 6’, skinny, wearing a black hoodie, tan pants, black mask, and gloves and armed with a small handgun.


Subject #2 - was 6’, skinny, wearing black pants, black hoodie and a white Halloween mask (possibly a “Scream” mask), white gloves and armed with a small silver handgun.


Subject #3 - was 6’, heavyset - 200-220 lbs., wearing a black hoodie, black pants and gloves.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-8978, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.



The Loyal Order of Moose, District #20 is an international organization of men and women dedicate to caring for young and old, bringing communities close together and celebrating life. Today, they donated a bag full of Tommy Moose stuffed dolls for us to give out to children in need or who have been victimized. We certainly appreciate their donations, time and efforts in making our community a better place to leave.

On September 17th, the Lakeland Police Department (LPD) began an administrative investigation into the unwanted contact between an officer and LPD employee. The officer in question is Robert L. Manrow who is currently assigned as a Canine (K-9) Officer. The victim and Robert Manrow had previously been engaged and living together and their relationship ended on August 13th, 2014. The victim had warned Manrow on numerous occasions to stop contacting her.


Robert Manrow moved out of the residence between on the 15th or 16th of August, 2014. On August 21st, the victim was startled in her residence by Manrow after he entered without permission or invitation through the garage with a garage door remote. The victim ordered him out of the residence, and he complied.


On August 24, 2014, the victim arrived home to find Manrow within her fenced in area at the rear of the residence. Manrow allegedly was at the residence to retrieve a few personal items he had not secured prior. However, no arrangements had been established for him to return the property. Once he got these items, he was again requested to leave.


Between September 3rd and 7th, Manrow contacted the victim via her cell phone, text messages and a social media site harassing her placing a well-founded fear in the victim. On September 8th, Manrow allegedly sent text messages and photographs to the victim who replied, “Enough is Enough”.


On September 9th, supervisors met with Manrow and gave him a direct order to stop all contact with the victim.


On September 13 and 20, 2014, Manrow made statements to fellow employees of his displeasure with the situation and also directed these comments towards another witness (LPD male employee). Manrow suspected that the victim and witness had developed a relationship.


On September 21st, at approximately 2:25 a.m., the victim and witness observed a male approaching the residence. The witness stated that the male appeared to be Manrow. The victim and witness secured themselves inside the residence in fear for their safety and reported this to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.


The victim stated she requested Robert Manrow to stop contacting her approximately 10 times since August 13th and she stated she was in fear for her safety.


On October 11th, at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department arrested Manrow at his temporary address for Aggravated Stalking (Domestic Violence) and transported him to the Polk County Jail.  Sgt. Gary Gross, spokesperson says, “The Lakeland Police Department holds itself highly accountable to the laws and policies that govern society and we will not tolerate any officer misconduct. It's unfortunate that this incident occurred and have no doubt that Officer Rob Manrow will be held accountable for his actions”.


Based upon the timing of his arrest, Marrow has been placed upon paid administrative leave for the time being, pending further evaluation. This is still currently an ongoing criminal investigation as well as an administrative investigation and no other details will be released.




On October 9th, at 9:50 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to Sikes Blvd, 80’ south of Lime Street in reference to a head-on crash. The at fault driver, Kenneth Edward Davis, 82 years of age, was driving a 2009 Honda, 4 door, south bound on Sikes in the north bound lane. The driver of the other vehicle, Jeffery L. Hardin, 54 years old, was driving a 2010Toyota, 4dr, and heading north bound on Sikes. Hardin attempted to avoid hitting the other vehicle but was unable to do so. The roadway was blocked for 1 ½ hours.


Each driver had a seat belt on at the time of the accident. Both drivers were transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Davis was cited for driving on the wrong side of the roadway.