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Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a Felon; 31-year-old Vinzena S. Wardell, 2881 91 Mine Road Bartow.

Wardell is wanted on multiple charges to include Failure to Appear, Grand Theft, Scheming to Defraud, Exploitation of the Elderly, Resisting Arrest, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Escape.

At approximately 8:30 pm, PCSO deputies arrested Wardell at her residence and she was taken into custody. During the arrest Wardell resisted and began to struggle. Deputies were forced to use an agency issued Taser to gain control. Wardell was taken to a local hospital and medically cleared.

Wardell was subsequently transported to the Central County Booking facility at approximately 12:13 am, where she managed to open the door of the patrol car and escape. She was restrained at the time.

Wardell was last seen wearing only black pants. She is approximately 5’1” tall and weighs approximately 220-230 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding Wardell’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863.298.6200.


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: 11/28/2012