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Polk County Sheriff's Robbery detectives are seeking information about an armed personal robbery that occurred in Lakeland on Saturday, September 29, 2007.

Around 6:00 p.m. that evening, the victim was walking eastbound on Old Tampa Hwy in Lakeland when a green Chevrolet Malibu occupied by a black male driver and a white female passenger pulled up alongside her and forced her at gunpoint to get in the car. Once the victim complied, the suspects robbed her of her cash, beat her with a purse, and then forced her back out of the vehicle. The victim was able to take the suspect’s purse with her, which contained the ID of Alphonso Hardin, DOB 10/24/75, whose last known address is 515 West Quincy Street in Lakeland. The victim positively identified Hardin as the suspect driver.

Hardin currently has a warrant for his arrest. His photo can be seen here and on website Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Det. Richard Davis at 1-800-226-0344 or (863) 534-6379.


Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie
                                                Date: 10/2/2007