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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.


Lakeland Police Investigate Early Morning Home Invasion

Lakeland Police Investigate

Early Morning Home Invasion



Lakeland, Fl. (November 7, 2016) – On November 7, 2016 at 12:57 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to a Home Invasion at 3237 Cleveland Heights Boulevard. The victim, Claudia Chritton, stated after hearing a doorbell she looked outside and observed an individual running away. Approximately 5 minutes later, Mrs. Chritton then heard a second doorbell sound and opened the door to tell the individuals to leave; however, the suspects waited outside of the door and entered the residence. 


A total of four suspects entered the residence and at least one was armed with a handgun. The suspects tied up Mrs. Chritton and threatened to do bodily harm to Mr. Chritton if he did anything. The suspects stole numerous electronic items and well as some cash. The suspects also stole the victim’s vehicle; a 2012 Black Buick Lacrosse, bearing Florida tag BGU-C84.


At approximately 1:30 a.m., Lt. Brent Addison observed a vehicle speeding in the area of Bartow Road and North Crystal Lake Drive. Within a few minutes, Lt. Addison observed a vehicle crashed into a ditch at the intersection of Main Street and Don’s Court. Inside the vehicle were three suspects that matched the physical and clothing descriptions provided by the victims. Also, inside the vehicle were several items that were taken from the victim’s residence. The three suspects were taken into custody and transported to LPD.


The vehicle discovered in the ditch was not the victim’s stolen vehicle and was identified as a reported stolen vehicle out of Kissimmee. The license plated attached to the stolen vehicle was reported stolen out of Jacksonville. The victim’s vehicle is still reported as stolen and has not been located at this time this time.


Arrested and charged with 2 counts Armed Robbery and 1 count of Armed Burglary:


1.     Julio Alcantar, 16 years old from Kissimmee

2.     Joseph Alcantar, 15 years old from Kissimmee

3.     Isiah Coffy, 19 years old from Lakeland



Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583-2357.

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Suspect Sought in Subway Robbery


Suspect Sought in Subway Robbery

LAKELAND, FL (October 31, 2016) – On Saturday, October 29, 2016, shortly after 7:00 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Subway store in Plantation Plaza, located at 5395 North Socrum Loop Road, regarding a reported armed robbery. Witnesses reported that a suspect entered the business and confronted one of the three employees who were working at the time. The suspect, armed with a black and gray handgun, demanded money from the employee working the front counter. After the employee complied with the demands, the suspect took an undetermined amount of cash, placing it in his sweatshirt as he exited the building and fled on foot.  No one was injured during the incident. 

The LPD K-9 unit responded to the location for support, however, the suspect could not be located in the surrounding area. The suspect was described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, clean shaven and in his early 20s. He was wearing a Tampa Bay Rays hat, dark shorts and a gray sweatshirt during the robbery.

If you have any information to help identify this suspect, please call Detective Anthony at 863.834.8969. 


LPD Retains Florida Accreditation

LPD Retains Florida Accreditation 

The Lakeland Police Department is proud to announce that it has successfully retained its reaccreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). 

Today, Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens, Accreditation Manager Caroline Renew and Captain Steve Walker traveled to the City of Weston, Florida to appear before the CFA and be presented with the Certificate of Accreditation.

“As with our national CALEA reaccreditation earlier this year, this designation from the CFA reaffirms the dedication and professionalism shown everyday by men and women who work to protect and serve the citizens of Lakeland,” said Chief Larry Giddens.