Date: October 1, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Aaron Flint, (863) 534-6377 or 502-8262 pager

Disturbance at Avon Park Youth Academy Results in Multiple Arrests

The Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a disturbance at the Avon Park Youth Academy today, which resulted in twenty-one arrests. 

At 7:40 a.m. today, staff members at the Avon Park Youth Academy, a privately owned facility that houses adjudicated delinquent youths, attempted to break up a fight between two residents. As staff members attempted to break up the fight, numerous other residents of the facility began to fight among themselves. 

At approximately 10:15 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible riot at the facility.  After awaiting the arrival of the Polk County Sheriff's Office Detention Disturbance Team (DDT), a group of deputies specially trained to handle detention disturbances, deputies entered the facility and made multiple arrests.

All of the individuals arrested, both juveniles and  adults (18 years of age), were charged with inciting a riot within a detention facility (F-3 Felony).  Three of the residents arrested, Nicholas Merrill, DOB 11/3/83, Rafael Fernandez, DOB 12/15/84, and Gregory Zipperer, DOB 4/14/83, were also charged with resisting arrest with violence. 

Those arrested include: Jimmy Jenkins, DOB 5/4/83, Rafael Fernandez, DOB 12/15/84, Dwayne Lloyd, DOB 10/4/88, Ivey Jones, DOB 1/16/85, Michael Thran, DOB 3/21/85,
Jamal Wilds, DOB 3/8/81, Marcus Telfair, DOB 11/22/84, Herschall Williams, DOB 9/22/83, Gregory Zipperer, DOB 4/14/83, Wallace Rynes, DOB 6/19/84, Marcus Seymore, DOB 9/9/84, Larry Johnson, DOB 11/14/83, Terrance London, DOB 4/8/83, Joseph Johnson, DOB 2/20/83, Paul Spicer, DOB 3/2/83, Jeremy Morant, DOB 3/28/83, Robert Ohlin, DOB 8/16/83, Ascencion Ramerez, DOB 8/10/83, Kenneth Jenkins, DOB 8/8/83, and Marquise Wilson, DOB 5/27/83.


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