UPDATE: Retail Theft Suspect Dies After Being Detained
Based on the investigation conducted by the Lakeland Police Department, State Attorney’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office, the listed below individuals have been charged with Manslaughter (F2). Warrants for their arrest were signed on July 27th and they were all taken into custody on July 28th. The Medical Examiners findings were as follows:
Cause of Death: Mechanical Asphyxia
Due to: Restraint
The autopsy also revealed fifteen broken ribs on Wisham.
Charged with Manslaughter:
1. Nathan Allen Higgins, 35 years old. – Support Manager – Walmart.
2. Crucelis Nunez, 23 years old, Customer Service Manager – Walmart
3. Randall Eugene Toko, 58 years old. Loss Prevention – Walmart
A copy of the affidavits and original police reports are attached.
Retail Theft Suspect Dies After Being Detained
LAKELAND, FL (February 9, 2016) - On February 7th at 3:05 a.m. the Lakeland Police Department responded to Wal-Mart, 5800 N. Rd 98 in reference to a shoplifter in custody outside of the store. While enroute to the store, LPD officers received a second call from dispatch that the subject in custody was not breathing and CPR was in progress. The first responding officer began life saving measures to include using an Automated External Defibrillator and taking over CPR until EMS arrived. The suspect was transported to Lakeland Regional Health (LRH) in critical condition.
Further investigation by LPD revealed the suspect identified as, Kenneth E. Wisham, 64 yrs. old, entered Wal-Mart and took possession of DVD’s totaling $380.74. Wisham then attempted to exit Wal-Mart with the shopping cart of DVD’s when he was confronted by employees and took flight running south. During the chase, Wisham kept pulling his pants up because they were falling down and at some point; Wisham fell to the ground and was detained by employees. It was at this time, employees discovered Wisham had stopped breathing and they began life saving measures and called EMS.
On February 7th at 3:40 p.m., Wisham was pronounced deceased by a doctor at LRH and next-of-kin has been notified. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded to Wal-Mart shortly after the incident to follow-up as per protocol on death investigations and to obtain sworn statements from the witnesses. The case is still ongoing at this time the cause of death has not been determined by the Medical Examiner at this time.
Deceased: Kenneth Edger Wisham, 64 yrs old, 5435 Lewellyn Rd #5, Lakeland, Fla
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