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UPDATE – Press Conference on Homicide Case

A press conference will be held at the Lakeland Police Department on August 19th at 11:00 a.m. in the 3rd floor conference room. Members of the Violent Crimes Unit will be present, along with family members of the victim Jonathan “Jay” Charles-Pierre, to speak to the media. Charles-Pierre, age 35, was shot to death inside the residence of 940 Castle way on July 25th. Please keep in mind that this is still very much an active criminal investigation and we will be limited as to what information we can release.

Crime Stoppers has authorized a reward of $8000.00 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. 

Homicide Investigation

LAKELAND, FL (July 26, 2016) – 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 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


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.


March 31st  Update – Second Arrest in Shooting

On March 30th, Christopher Jerod Rose, 18 yrs old, came to the Lakeland Police Department to turn himself in after he heard there was a warrant for his arrest. Detectives identified Rose as the third subject involved in the shooting at Willow Glen Apartments.

The investigation to-date reveals that the deceased, Stephen Brenor, Javarius Ray’quann King and Rose had planned that morning to “Hit some Licks”, street term meaning commit burglaries, robberies, etc. Earlier that morning, the three suspects broke into a vehicle behind Arby’s restaurant at 803 E. Memorial Blvd. The three suspects then went to the Willow Glen Apts and saw the victim, Shawn Plain, in the laundry room not knowing he was an armed security guard. The three planned to rob Plain at which time Brenor fired a replica handgun (pellet gun) striking Plain twice in the face. As the three suspects, all armed with handguns retreated into the parking lot, Plain fired his handgun hitting Brenor four times.

 

Christopher Rose and Javarius Ray’quann King have both been charged with:

1.     2nd Degree Felony Murder

2.     Aggravated Battery

3.     Burglary to a Motor Vehicle.


UPDATE...UPDATE...UPDATE...

 

On August 8th, at 6:59pm, the homicide suspect, Matthew Clement Bell, was taken into custody without incident. A citizen called the police stating he was at the Lake Morton Coin Laundry, 815 E. Palmetto Street. Uniformed patrol officers checked the location and arrested Bell. No additional information at this time.

 

On Friday, August 7, 2015, at approximately 10:57 p.m. the Lakeland Police Department responded to a disturbance at 720 Johnson Avenue, Lakeland, Polk County, Fl.  Uniform officers discovered that two individuals had been stabbed, and the known suspect had fled the scene. 

 

Peter Latoski, 44 years old, suffered a single stab wound and his injury was serious, but not life threatening.  Mr. Latoski identified the suspect as Mathew Bell, 44 years old.  He indicated that a disturbance occurred at the rooming house and Bell was asked to leave the property. When Bell refused, the second victim, Mario Acosta attempted to escort Bell off of the property.  That led to a fist fight at which time Bell introduced a knife and stabbed Acosta. Mr. Latoski attempted to intervene and was stabbed once by Bell. Bell then fled the scene on foot and was not apprehended.

 

Mr. Latoski and Mr. Acosta were transported to Lakeland Regional Health Hospital and Acosta later died from his injuries. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded to investigate and they obtained a warrant for Bells arrest on 1st Degree Murder & Attempted 1st Degree Murder. Bell’s has not permanent address and is listed at large at this time.

 

Victim: Peter Latoski, 44 yrs old, 720 Johnson Avenue, Lakeland, Fla.

 

Decedent:  Mario Acosta, 58 yrs old, 720 Johnson Avenue, Lakeland, Fla.

 

Suspect: Matthew Clement Bell, 44 yrs old, No permanent address. Hgt. 5’07”, WGT 160, Brown hair, blue eyes. Bell was last seen wearing blue jeans with a black and white shirt. There is an active warrant for his arrest on 1st Degree Murder & Attempted 1st Degree Murder.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Matthew Bell is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.