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At approximately 11:30 pm, on Sunday, January 13, 2013, 57-year-old Carl Laventure, DOB 06/25/1955, address unknown, was at an acquaintance’s residence on Thornhill Road in Winter Haven.  The female victim had met Laventure through a mutual friend and allowed him to enter the residence.


Once inside, he threaten the victim with a knife and forced her into a bedroom where he Sexually Battered her.  Laventure then stole the victim’s car and fled the area.  The vehicle is described as a 2006, silver, two-door Pontiac.


The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.   


Laventure has an extensive criminal arrest history and is listed as a habitual violent felony offender.  Besides the above listed crime, there are two open warrants for Laventure.


Anyone has information regarding Laventure’s whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Matthew Coleman at 863.298.6940, or 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:
Wood, Donna
                                                Date: 1/15/2013