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Polk County Sheriff's Robbery detectives are seeking information about an armed personal robbery that occurred in the area of Crystal Lake Middle School.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2012, the four victims, who are all in their middle to late teens, were sitting on a bench near Crystal Lake Middle School, located at 2410 South Crystal Lake Drive in Lakeland, when they were approached by two unknown Hispanic males and one unknown black male, who were in their late teens. The suspects struck up a conversation with the victims, and then suddenly the black male suspect pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at one of the victim's heads, demanding money and personal belongings from all four victims. One of the Hispanic male suspects punched one of the victims when the victim was slow to comply with the demands. After taking all of the victims' money, wallets, cell phones, and personal belongings, the suspects fled on foot.

The suspects are described as: A Hispanic male 17-19 years old, who possibly goes by the nickname "Mayhem," another Hispanic male 17-19 years old, and a black male 17-19 years old armed with a black handgun.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify these suspects they are urged to contact Detective Jeannette Leonard at 863.298.6200 ext. 1246 or 863.559.2297.


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:                                                   Date: 2/5/2012