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Indictment on 1998 Cold Case

Indictment on 1998 Cold Case

LAKELAND, FL (July 29, 2016) - On November 12, 1998, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an apartment at 512 W. Magnolia Street in reference to the shooting of Carter Lee Evans, 48 years old. Mr. Evans was sitting on a bucket outside of the residence.  Two black male subjects approached Mr. Evans and another victim, Mirabeau Hyacinth with a firearm to commit a robbery. Mr. Evans jumped up to flee and at that time, was shot once in the side. Mr. Evans was able to run to 607 N. Virginia Avenue where he collapsed at that residence and was later pronounced deceased.

Several detectives have worked the case over the years interviewing numerous witnesses, traveling out-of-state, working with the State Attorney’s Office and examining evidence. Cold Case Unit Detective Scott Kercher, presented the facts of the case to the State Attorney’s Office as one of the two suspects had been identified. On July 21st, a Grand Jury Indictment was issued, charging Patrick A. Chambers, D.O.B. 12/01/74, with:

1.    First Degree Murder

2.   Attempted Robbery with a Firearm

3.   Attempted Robbery with a Firearm 

Chambers is currently serving a 32-year sentence with the Florida Department of Corrections on unrelated charges of Fleeing to Elude an Officer, Aggravated Assault with a Weapon and Obstruction of a Criminal Investigation.

View a copy of the indictment.

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583-2357.

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Homicide Investigation

The Lakeland Police department responded to a report of a shooting at 940 Castle Way at 10:55 p.m. on Monday, July 25, 2016. Officers found Johnathan “Jay” Charles-Pierre, age 35, deceased inside the residence with a gunshot wound to the chest.

A witness at the residence reported that the suspect, a black male of unknown age, knocked on the door, pointed a handgun at him and demanded that he call the victim to the door. The victim came to the door with a handgun, but was shot by the suspect. The suspect fled the scene and continued to fire several more rounds before jumping into a vehicle with possibly two other males inside. The vehicle has been described as a green, with four doors and folded temporary tag attached. No one else was injured during the incident.

The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are on scene today with members from the State Attorney’s Office canvassing the neighborhood and interviewing witnesses. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Detective Stacey Pough at 863.834.8978 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.8477.

Victim: Johnathan “Jay” Charles-Pierre
Age: 35
Address: 940 Castle Way

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.

Twelve Hour Stand-Off Ends with Suspect’s Arrest

Twelve Hour Stand-Off Ends with Suspect’s Arrest

The Lakeland Police department responded to a report of a domestic aggravated assault at 1616 Hollingsworth Creek at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016. The victim advised officers that his brother, Guerry Jason Wardell, age 48, threatened him with a baseball bat and was still somewhere inside the house they shared.  The victim also advised that guns were in the house in various locations.


After several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with Wardell, the SWAT team and negotiators were called to the scene. The State Fire Marshal’s Office also assisted onsite with additional equipment. Wardell refused repeated commands to exit the home. Chemical agents were deployed into the home at approximately 1:00 a.m. in an attempt to get Wardell to surrender. At approximately 6:30 a.m. Wardell was located in a second floor bedroom hiding in a closet.

Wardell was arrested without incident and transported to the Polk County Jail. The area of New Jersey Road between Sylvester Avenue and Lawton Lane was blocked off for approximately ten hours.

Suspect:  Guerry Jason Wardell
Age:  48
Address:  1616 Hollingsworth Creek  Lakeland, FL
Charges:  Domestic Violence – Aggravated Assault, Domestic Violence – Battery and Resisting an Officer without Violence 

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.

Lakeland Police Investigate Triple Traffic Fatality

UPDATE:  July 10, 2016, 11:00 AM. 

The rear passenger of the blue Nissan has been identified as Brittany Lewis, age 25, of 1146 S. Nokomis Avenue, Lakeland, FL.  Ms. Lewis died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision at Lakeland Regional Hospital at approximately 1:31 am on July 10, 2016.  Next of kin has been notified.

Driver of the other vehicle, Michael J. Marrero is reported to be in stable condition at this time.  

Investigators have stated that speed was a factor of this crash.  At this time Marrero has charges pending the completion of this investigation.   

DATE:  JULY 9, 2016

LOCATION:  Near the Intersection of Hwy 98 N & Plaza Drive

Lakeland Police responded to a traffic crash at approximately 11:36 pm near the intersection of Hwy 98 North and Plaza Drive.   The investigation indicated that a blue Nissan driven by Christopher L. Stewart (515 Bon Air Street, #146, age 22) was traveling north on N. Rd. 98. An orange Volkswagon driven by Michael J. Marrero (5133 Rollinglen Loop E, Lakeland, age 26) was traveling south on N. Rd. 98. At some point, the orange Volkswagon lost control and crossed over into the north bound lanes and struck the front of the blue Nissan. The Nissan ran off the roadway to the right and rolled over. The Volkswagon came to final rest facing south in the north bound lanes. Both the driver, Christopher Stewart, and the passenger, Kathrin R. Pitock (515 Bon Air Street, #157, age 22) in the blue Nissan were declared deceased on scene.

The rear passenger of the Nissan later expired at Lakeland Regional Hospital at 0131hrs. This passenger has not yet been positively identified.

Next of kin of Christopher Stewart and Kathrin Pitock has been notified.  This release will be updated when the name of the third passenger of the Nissan has been identified and next of kin notified.

Michael J. Marrero, the driver of the Volkswagon, was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital  for treatment.  His condition at this time is unknown.

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.860.4178.