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CS Bulletin #14-04

Attempt to Identify - Kidnapping, Armed Robbery Suspect

On Wednesday, January 14, 2014, at 1:30 a.m., the victim was approached at 210 N Missouri Avenue (U.S. Post Office) by a white male on a bicycle who asked him for money. After the victim told him no, the suspect then brandished a small handgun from his jacket and ordered him to give him his money and other property. The victim handed his cell phone and wallet, which contained his debit card, to the suspect. The suspect then forced the victim to drive him to an ATM where the victim withdrew money and gave it to the suspect. The victim returned the suspect to the Post Office.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20-25 years of age, 160 lbs, thin build, unshaven and wearing a white tank top, baggie jeans and a jacket with a hood.

The suspect shares a likeness to the composite sketch.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual 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.

LPD Event #14-1011      Detective Nicole Cain


Today, Monday, February 3, 2014, Officers Jamie Smith and Kevin Parker were honored at the City Commission meeting where they received the City of Lakeland Heroism Award.

Lakeland Fire Department Fire Inspector Shannon Turbeville submitted the officers for this award in recognition of their actions. Fire Inspector Turbeville wrote in his nomination, “Lakeland Fire Department had a motel room involved with fire at the Hyatt Place of Lakeland on November 23, 2013 at approximately 10:15pm. The 2nd floor of the motel had smoke and the room involved was charged with smoke and the sprinkler system had activated. These 2 officers were the first to arrive on the scene before the fire department and unselfishly went to the fire floor and announced an evacuation of all the guests and went to the room where the fire originated and made sure the occupants were evacuated. They met us at the lobby and informed us of the situation, secured a master key for us and assisted us further in a room by room evacuation of the fire floor.”

At the commission meeting, Officers Smith and Parker were presented with the Heroism Award by Mayor Wiggs and Sergeant Harper.

Thank you for your dedication and Congratulations on this award!

Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue. This month’s topic for discussion will be crime information and statistics for the year 2013. 

On Friday, January 24, 2014 ten officers were sworn in as members of the Lakeland Police Department at a 3:00 p.m. ceremony. The ceremony was held at the First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland. 

The recruits have now completed the seven-week Mini Academy, and will begin the next phase of their training as Lakeland Police officers. During the next 16 weeks, the officers will be on the streets with a Field Training Officer learning more about the department and community they have been sworn to serve. 

In attendance at the ceremony were the family and friends of the officers, Lakeland Police Department staff and personnel, the City Manager, city personnel and Commissioners.

Police Chief Lisa Womack welcomed the new employees during the ceremony and told them “I look forward to the great work you will do for our community, and I know you will be an asset to the department.”

For information on each of our new employees, go to:

Congratulations to the newest Lakeland Police Department employees!