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On Monday, December 29, 2014, at 11:12 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 1935 Crystal Grove Drive #53 to assist PCEMS call of a child not breathing. The baby, Princeton Graham, 5 months old, was in the custodial care of his biological father, Robert Graham and Graham’s girlfriend.


Graham was in apartment #61, babysitting other children and his baby. Graham advised he was attempting to feed the baby formula and the baby began to choke. Graham said he turned the baby over and administered several back blows to the baby’s back to stop it from choking. Graham then took the baby to apartment #53 were the resident there called 911.


On December 31, the baby, Princeton Graham, succumbed to his injuries at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.


On January 2nd, an autopsy was performed and the findings of the medical examiner were that Princeton Graham died as a result of “Shaken Baby” caused by blunt force head trauma from assault.


Detectives stated that the father had admitted to overly rough playing with the baby on December 28th by slamming the baby on the bed, bouncing it on his knee and shaking the baby for about four minutes.


The father, Robert Graham knowingly and willfully abused the baby which resulted in his death. He was arrested on January 8th, without incident at his residence and charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, F1 and Manslaughter, F2.


Arrested: Robert Donte Graham, DOB 11/3/91, 8128 Simpson Lane, Lakeland, Fla.

This year the men and women of the Lakeland Police Department will celebrate and honor 130 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of Lakeland. It all began in 1885 when George F. Newell was elected as the first City Marshal. At the time he was the only law enforcement officer and the Tax Collector. 

Today there are over 350 sworn and civilian LPD team members working hard every day to keep our city safe and secure.  In commemoration of the 130th anniversary of the Lakeland Police Department, and to honor our fallen members that sacrificed their lives in the performance of duty, a special purpose badge was custom designed exclusively for LPD. The badges made at no cost to LPD and department members were able to self-purchase them if they chose so.  Chief Giddens has approved for
the badge to be worn by Sworn, PSA, and Chaplain members from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.  Non-sworn employees and retirees are also eligible to purchase coins and lapel pins and badges with some restrictions.


National Law Enforcement
Appreciation Day 


January 9th, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Location:  Lakeland Police Department


The National Fraternal Order of Police has partnered with C.O.P.S. and law enforcement associations across America on a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) scheduled for January 9th, 2015

In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.

The Lakeland Police Department is a proud partner and supporter of the first National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which will be held on January 9th, 2015! We are encouraging citizens to participate by coming to the Lakeland Police Department between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 pm this Friday to stand and wave in front of the police department.

We are calling on our community; those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement to show their support.  You can be creative and make a poster or use one of our LPD Support paddles to display. Our citizens can show their support in several other ways such as:

·         See a police officer?  Thank a police officer

·         Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement

·         Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency

·         Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media

·         Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement

       (deliver/mail to LPD Station at 219 N. Massachusetts Ave, 33801)

·       Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display your blue porch light in support of law enforcement.


More information on National Law Enforcement Day is at:


UPDATE…UPDATE…On Domestic Violence Victim Stabbed 22 times

On Friday, January 09, 2015, at approximately 2:45 p.m. Agents with the U.S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force apprehended Theron Brown in Marion County Florida. The criminal investigation conducted with the M.F.R.F.T.F. and detectives with the Lakeland Police Department revealed Theron Brown had assumed a different identity and was hiding in the Ocala, Florida. He was apprehended without incident, and LPD Detectives are traveling to Marion County in an effort to complete their investigation. There are no additional details at this time

On January 4, 2015, at 11:09 p.m. the Lakeland Police Department received a call in reference to a stabbing. The victim was stabbed at 1234 jewel Avenue in her vehicle and she drove herself to the Chevron Station, 1615 W. Memorial Blvd for safety. An employee at the Chevron Station called 911 for the victim.

When the police arrived at the station, the victim was responsive and identified the suspect by name and as has her boyfriend for 1 year. The victim was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center and immediately taken into surgery. The victim had been stabbed 22 times with wounds to her head, chest, back and arms.

Patrol officers and detectives attempted to locate the suspect at his residence but he had fled the area. Detectives are currently in the process of obtaining a warrant for Attempted Murder.  The suspects address is not being released at this time due to a pending investigation.  If anyone has information on the location of the suspect, please contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900.

This investigation is still ongoing at this time.

The victim has been identified as: Latoya Jean Schuler, 27 yrs old.

Suspect: Theron Brown, 4/14/78.