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UPDATE: 

Detectives have identified the "John Doe" as Angel L. Velez-Carde, H/M, 32 yoa

We thank everyone for your assistance!

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On Friday, July 10, 2015, the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Dixieland Antique Store, 1111 S. Florida Avenue for the second time in reference to a robbery. The first robbery occurred on July 4, 2015 in which the suspect held a 7 year old against his will while demanding money from the business. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled from the business. On Friday, July 10, 2015 the suspect returned to the store and for the second time demanded money from the business, as well as other patrons that were in the store. During this robbery, the suspect held a pointed object to the neck of one of the patrons. After receiving an undisclosed sum of money, the suspect fled the store.

During a search of the area, the suspect was located and positively identified by the victims. Lakeland Police arrested “John Doe”, 33 yoa, H/M on 3 counts of Robbery (Strongarm) with weapon, Aggravated Assault with weapon and child abuse. He is currently in the Polk County jail.

Currently we do not have a positive ID on this individual. If you have any information on his identification, please contact the Lakeland Police Department. 


Promotion Ceremony

A promotion ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2015, at 3:00 pm, in the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center (new building), located at 72 Lake Morton Dr. Lakeland, Florida 33801.

Captains Ruben Garcia and Victor White will be promoted to Assistant Chief of Police, Lieutenants Hans Lehman and Sammy Taylor will be promoted to Captain, Sergeants Brent Addison and Mark Melius will be promoted to Lieutenant, and Officers Joseph Parker, Richard “Brian” Wallace, and Jasper Yzaguirre will be promoted to Sergeant at this time


On June 28th, the mother of an 11 year old called the Lakeland Police Department after she discovered disturbing text messages between her child and his teacher from this past school year. The arrestee, Alecia Dotson, 45 yrs old, is employed by the Polk County School Board as a Paraprofessional at Highlands Grove Elementary where the victim attended as a 5th grade.

There were approximately 100 text messages sent back and forth between the two. On June 28, Dotson sent a text message to the victim asking to pick him up and take him to the library. The mother decided to check her son’s cell phone and discovered several inappropriate text messages sent to her son. While the Lakeland Police was at the mothers house conducting an investigation, Dotson again sent a text message saying, “Love bug what are you doing” and “I’ll be sure to tell her we won’t have sex on the first visit…LOL.”

The Special Victims Unit began an investigation on June 29th and had control of the victim’s cell phone. On June 30th, Dotson sent another text message asking the victim “Are you awake love bug?” Dotson, believing she was talking to the victim when in fact it was detectives, arranged a meeting with him at the Cinemark Movie Theater for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual conduct. Prior to arriving at the theater, Dotson stopped and picked up a bottle of strawberry warming lubricant from Spencer’s at the Lakeland Mall. Dotson was taken into custody after she showed up as planned at the Lakeland Mall.

Dotson stated that over the last three weeks the relationship between her and the victim evolved from a “Mentorship” to a “Crush” and then a “Romantic relationship.”  Based on the investigation, Dotson was charged with:

 

·       Sexual Battery (attempt) under 12- (2 counts)

·       Use Computer Device to Solicit a Child

·       Traveling to Meet a Minor

·       Unlawful Use of Communications

 Dotson was later transported to the Polk County Jail on June 30th.


Early Reminder For "Coffee With The Chief"

Have you ever wanted to ask the Chief of Police a question, but didn’t know how to go about doing it? The Chief along with the staff from the Lakeland Police Department will be available to answer questions from members of the community in a casual setting while enjoying a cup of coffee.  “Coffee with the Chief” will be a reoccurring event taking place on Tuesday every three months at various locations.

The “Coffee with a Chief” program is a unique way to strengthen the partnership between the police department and the community and we will discuss special projects, and other related events. Members of the community will be able to ask specific or general questions related to the neighborhoods they live in. Coffee will be provided at no expense.

All community members are invited to attend.

The event is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 .a.m. on Tuesday, July 14th at: The Coleman Bush Building,  1104 Martin L King Jr Avenue