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On August 8th, at 6:59pm, the homicide suspect, Matthew Clement Bell, was taken into custody without incident. A citizen called the police stating he was at the Lake Morton Coin Laundry, 815 E. Palmetto Street. Uniformed patrol officers checked the location and arrested Bell. No additional information at this time.

 

On Friday, August 7, 2015, at approximately 10:57 p.m. the Lakeland Police Department responded to a disturbance at 720 Johnson Avenue, Lakeland, Polk County, Fl.  Uniform officers discovered that two individuals had been stabbed, and the known suspect had fled the scene. 

 

Peter Latoski, 44 years old, suffered a single stab wound and his injury was serious, but not life threatening.  Mr. Latoski identified the suspect as Mathew Bell, 44 years old.  He indicated that a disturbance occurred at the rooming house and Bell was asked to leave the property. When Bell refused, the second victim, Mario Acosta attempted to escort Bell off of the property.  That led to a fist fight at which time Bell introduced a knife and stabbed Acosta. Mr. Latoski attempted to intervene and was stabbed once by Bell. Bell then fled the scene on foot and was not apprehended.

 

Mr. Latoski and Mr. Acosta were transported to Lakeland Regional Health Hospital and Acosta later died from his injuries. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded to investigate and they obtained a warrant for Bells arrest on 1st Degree Murder & Attempted 1st Degree Murder. Bell’s has not permanent address and is listed at large at this time.

 

Victim: Peter Latoski, 44 yrs old, 720 Johnson Avenue, Lakeland, Fla.

 

Decedent:  Mario Acosta, 58 yrs old, 720 Johnson Avenue, Lakeland, Fla.

 

Suspect: Matthew Clement Bell, 44 yrs old, No permanent address. Hgt. 5’07”, WGT 160, Brown hair, blue eyes. Bell was last seen wearing blue jeans with a black and white shirt. There is an active warrant for his arrest on 1st Degree Murder & Attempted 1st Degree Murder.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Matthew Bell is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

 



On July 29th, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled into the parking lot Walgreens, 4445 Hwy 98 North. Deputies could smell a foul odor coming from a different vehicle in the parking lot unrelated to the traffic stop. Upon further inspection, they discovered the decedent in the driver’s seat of the vehicle in a state of decomposition. It appears as if he was there 3 to 4 days. Detectives from LPD responded to conduct a death investigation.

An autopsy was performed this morning, July 30th, and the Medical examiner ruled his death as a suicide from a gunshot wound. A handgun was found inside the vehicle along with a suicide note. The decedent has been identified as Archibald Bruce Struthers, 52 years of age out of Melbourne, Florida. Next-of-kin has been notified. 


On October 21, 2014, the victim, Gerald Brown Jr purchased 5 morphine pills from Travis Dykers. Brown ingested the pills and then drove to Ocala where he was found deceased on 10/22/14 at his residence. The death was initially investigated by the Ocala Police Department. After it was determined that Brown had purchased the pills in Lakeland, the case was turned over to LPD to be investigated.

On July 16th, the case was presented to a grand jury and an indictment was issued against Travis Dykers for 1st degree murder and delivery of morphine. On July 17th, Dykers was arrested at his residence located at 1230 Duncan Avenue.  


On July 14th, the Lakeland Police Department arrested Wayne Beckley and charged him with 21 counts of child pornography. The witness who shares a home with Beckley also shares a common computer and they have individual passwords for their accounts. On the night of July 12th, Beckley had been on the computer and walked off when the witness noticed what appeared to be child porn images displayed on the computer. On July 14th, the witness called the Lakeland Police Department. Consent to search the computer was obtained by the officer and the witnesses along with Beckley agreed to be interviewed by detectives.

Beckley admitted to being in possession of naked images of under aged children and that he often fantasizes about under age females as young as five years old. Beckley also had a photo album with 12 images of child pornography next to his bed. Several additional photographs containing sexual implied positions of female children were located throughout the residence for a total of approximately 100 images. Additionally, Beckley’s cellular phone contained at least one photograph of a sexual battery with a child under the age of 12. The victims are unknown at this time.

Based on the above investigation, Beckley was charged with 21 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  The investigation continues as detectives conduct a forensic examination of the computer and cellular phone.

Arrested: Wayne Jeffery Beckley, 58 yrs old