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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.

Pedestrian vs. Vehicle

LAKELAND, FL (June 8, 2016) 
LOCATION 400 W Alamo

Lakeland Police responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian at approximately 4:00 pm.  Driver, Maikol Herrera-Rodriguez (Age 21 of 4645 Dimbath Road, Lakeland) was driving a Ford pick-up and was stopped at the stop sign in the northbound lane on Old Hwy 37 at Alamo.  Pedestrian, Bessy Troutman (Age 66 of 633 W Remington Road, Lakeland) was walking southbound in the west crosswalk at this intersection.  Herrera-Rodriguez made a left turn into the west crosswalk and struck Ms. Troutman. 

Ms. Troutman was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Herrera-Rodriguez was issued a citation for failure to yield the roadway to a pedestrian and released at the scene.

 Media inquiries should be directed to 863.860.4178.

June 29, 2016                                                              Contact:  Sgt. Gary Gross                  

Immediate Release                                                    Phone #:  863-834-6949




 (Lakeland, FL):  A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive July 13, 2016, to examine all aspects of Lakeland Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Larry Giddens announced today.  The Lakeland Police Department has to comply with approximately 87 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through the Lakeland Police Department Public Information Officer at 863-834-6949.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Lakeland Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:

CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302, or email to

The Accreditation Program Manager for Lakeland Police Department is Caroline Renew.  She said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Sgt. Nicole Minick of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.  Other team members are Lt. Rick Mohaupt of the Punta Gorda Police Department and Lt. Mike Sheelar of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. 

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status.  Lakeland Police Department’s accreditation is for 3 years.  Verification by the team that the Lakeland Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief Larry Giddens said.