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On March 11th, at 7:44 a.m., Samuel Alicea, 35 yrs old, entered the Lakeland Police Department to utilize the public restroom in the front lobby. One of the officers at the front desk heard a loud “thump” sound coming from the restroom. The officers concerned for the safety of Alicea knocked on the door several times and yelled out for a reply but to no avail. 

Officers used a key to gain entry and discovered Alicea lying on the ground unconscious and unresponsive. The officer observed several personal items of Alicea on the sink which included measuring spoons, small plastic baggies commonly used to store drugs and a syringe. Alicea was bleeding from the arm and it appeared he has just injected himself. Alicea was transported to Lakeland Regional Health. 

The substance in the syringe tested positive for heroin. After being released from the hospital, Alicea was transported to the Polk County Jail and charged with Possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Arrested:  Samuel David Alicea, DOB 11/16/80, 814 N. Kentucky Avenue. 

At approximately 11:13 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department received several calls in reference to a shooting at 926 Marietta Street. Prior to police arriving at the scene, the victim arrived at the Lakeland Regional Health Emergency Room with several gunshot wounds. The suspect has fled on foot from duplex and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and red shorts. He is described as a black male with short black hair.

Police K-9 searched the surrounding area while the PCSO Helicopter assisted circulating the surrounding area. Police officers secured off a 5 block radius as well as requesting that four schools be placed on lockdown as a precaution during the search which last approximately 2 hours.

The victim has been identified as Zachary Anton McCray, 23 yrs old, 926 Marietta Street. He is being treated at this time for multiple gunshots wounds and his condition is unknown. The suspects identity is not being released at this time.

The investigation is ongoing at this time and Violent Crime Detectives are still interviewing witnesses. 

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On February 2, at 8:07 a.m. the Lakeland Police Department investigated a traffic fatality on SR 546 (W Memorial Blvd) at the intersection of Swindell Rd. There was very dense and heavy fog at the time of the crash and both drivers had significantly diminished visibility at the time of the crash. 

Vehicle 1, a 1995 Green Mercury was making a left turn from Swindell Rd onto east bound W Memorial Blvd. Vehicle 2, a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle was west bound on W Memorial Blvd in the outside lane. Vehicle 1 pulled into the path of vehicle 2. Vehicle 2 struck the front left side of vehicle 1 in the area of the front left tire. Vehicle 1 rotated counter clockwise and came to final rest. Vehicle 2 deflected off of vehicle 1 and the rider of vehicle 2, Armando Faz, 24 yrs old, was separated from the motorcycle and continued west bound where he came to rest (approx 113 feet). Faz was pronounced deceased at the scene by PCEMS. The crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

Deceased: Armando Faz, 24 yrs old, 3719 Timberlake Rd East, Lakeland, Fla.

Driver of vehicle #1 – Cynthia D Patrick Kinsler, 43 yrs old, 1945 W. Highland Drive, Lakleand, Fla. Not injured in the accident.