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On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, officers responded to the area of Lakehurst Street and Lakeland Hills in reference to a disturbance with a woman wielding a knife and threatening the victim. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim who stated she was there to meet with the suspect to solve some personal issues. When she arrived at the location, she saw the suspect with a knife. The suspect then wielded the knife over her head and threatened to kill the victim. Fearing for her life, the victim fled to the vehicle she arrived in and notified police.

A short time later, the officers located the suspect and placed her into custody for Aggravated Assault without Intent to Kill. The arrestee was transported to the Polk County Jail.

Arrestee:  Cassandra Martorana, W/F, 25 yoa

On Monday, June 29 2015, between the hours of 6:51 p.m. and 7:09 p.m., and unknown individual, took merchandise from Hobby Lobby, 4236 Hwy 98 N.

The suspect is a black male with long white shorts and striped shirt carrying a large black purse.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact Lakeland Police at, 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 #15-13017  -  Bulletin CS #15-47



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

We thank everyone for your assistance!


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