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Stolen Car from Lakeland Involved in Pursuit


When the Plant City Police Department requested for assistance in reference to a pursuit, they advised LPD the driver of the vehicle attempted to ram police officers. Based on these circumstances, LPD initiated a pursuit for violent felony charges.

Stolen Car from Lakeland Involved in Pursuit


Lakeland, Fl. (February 7, 2016) – On February 7, at 2:36 pm., the Plant City Police Department requested assistance from the Lakeland Police Department in reference to a stolen vehicle they were pursuing eastbound on I-4 toward the city limits of Lakeland. For additional details on what occurred in Plant City, please give the Plant City Police Department a call at (813) 757-9200.


The stolen vehicle, a 2012 Kia Forte, had been reported stolen from the The Preserve Apartments in Lakeland on February 2nd.


At 2:45 p.m., Officer Scott Hutton observed the stolen vehicle at the Marathon Gas station, 4275 Lakeland Hills Boulevard and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to yield and fled northbound on Hwy 33.


At 2:57 p.m., Officer Hutton advised the stolen vehicle had wrecked in the roundabout in Polk City. A male suspect was immediately taken into custody after a brief struggle and the other occupant, a female, was later removed by additional responding officers.


Both subjects were transported to Lakeland Regional Health and their condition is unknown at this time. The male driver will remain in LPD custody, and upon his release be transported to the Polk County Jail. Their names are unknown at this time. Polk County Sheriff’s Office is working the accident and will release additional details at a later time.

Suspect Uses letgo Mobile App to Commit Attempted Robbery

Suspect Uses letgo Mobile App to Commit Attempted Robbery

On January 11, 2017 at approximately 7:30 p.m., the victims, James Few and his brother, Joseph Few arranged to purchase a 2006 Chevy Impala that was listed on mobile app letgo. James agreed to meet the defendant, Jarquez Harris, at the Lakewood Terrace Apartments.

After discussing the sale of the vehicle, James Few showed Harris $1000.00 in cash, and agreed to purchase the vehicle. While sitting in the backseat of the victim’s vehicle, Harris pulled a small semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at both victims. Harris demanded the money and counted down from five, but did not shoot the handgun. He then fled on foot without the money, and was wearing a Florida State University maroon sweatshirt.

Lakeland Police Detectives created a letgo profile and began to communicate with Harris about the purchase of a vehicle. Over the course of several days, Harris agreed to meet at the same location, Lakewood Terrace Apartments. When he arrived, Harris was wearing the same distinctive maroon FSU sweatshirt as before and he matched the same general description the victim gave.

Detectives made contact with Harris and he later admitted to the attempted robbery. Harris remains in the Polk County.

Pedestrian Killed In Traffic Crash




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Pedestrian Killed In Traffic Crash


LAKELAND, FL (January 10, 2017) - On Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at approximately 2:45 p.m., Lakeland Police officers responded to the area of Harden Boulevard, near Forest Park Street, in reference to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian struck by a pickup truck.  


Glenn Gillenwater, age 63, of Lakeland, was struck and killed by a 1984 Ford pickup truck driven by 26-year-old Michael Duey.  According to reports, Duey was traveling southbound on Harden Boulevard when his truck began to swerve, drove up onto the raised shoulder and struck Gillenwater who was walking on the sidewalk. Duey’s truck continued down an embankment and struck two trees before coming to a final rest. 


Emergency medical professionals from the Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County Fire Rescue arrived on scene and began assisting officers in providing life saving measures. Both Gillenwater and Duey were transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center. Gillenwater passed away due to the injuries sustained in the crash. Duey was treated for minor injuries and released. 


Members of the LPD Traffic Homicide Unit closed the portion of Harden Boulevard between Beacon Road and Ariana Street for approximately three hours. 


No charges have been filed at this time. This is an open case and the Lakeland Police Department Traffic Homicide team is continuing to investigate.


Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.



Motorcyclist Killed in Accident

Motorcyclist Killed in Accident

LAKELAND, FL (December 11, 2016) – On Sunday, December 11, 2016, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the intersection of Drane Field Road and Air Park Drive, regarding an accident involving a motorcycle and a semi-truck. According to investigators, Jason Douglas Faircloth, age 36, was approaching the intersection on his motorcycle when a semi-truck, driven by Dennis Allen Coppins, age 43, began to turn south on to Air Park Drive.  Coppins did not see the approaching motorcycle and Faircloth was unable to stop. Both vehicles collided.

Polk County Fire Rescue and Lakeland Fire Department arrived on scene and began to perform life saving measures. Faircloth was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Mr. Coppins did not appear to sustain any injuries. The roadway was shut down for approximately four hours and forty-five minutes.

Mr. Faircloth’s next of kin has been notified. No charges have been filed at this time. The case remains open and is being investigated. 

The 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle operator was identified as:
Jason Douglas Faircloth
DOB:  09/14/1980
620 Houston Street
Lakeland, Florida 33813

The operator of the 2002 Mack Semi-Truck was identified as:
Dennis Allen Coppins
DOB:  07/08/1973
1407 28th St NW

Winter Haven, Florida 33881

Truck owned by Saddle Creek Transportation of Lakeland

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.