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.