Date: November 30, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

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

Stolen Vehicle, Armed Robbery, Pursuit, Result in 2 Arrests

Last night at 10:10 p.m. a Polk County Sheriff's Office deputy conducting judicial investigations (serving legal documents) in the Wabash area of Lakeland noticed a Lexus parked approximately 25 feet off the side of Chestnut St.  The entire rear window of the vehicle had been shattered.  As the deputy called for K-9 assistance, another Polk Sheriff's deputy was responding to a noise disturbance in the immediate area. 

Upon arriving at a 2361 Chestnut Hills Rd., D/S Ashworth witnessed 2 black females dressed in camouflage and a male in the front yard.  The male raised his hands and informed the deputy that one of the suspects had just dropped a weapon and that he was being robbed.  The 2 suspects ignored the deputy's commands to stop and stole the victim's Mazda 626 and headed in the direction of Wabash Ave. with deputies in felony pursuit.  Prior to D/S Ashworth arriving at the scene, the suspects had entered the residence and taken money and the victim's keys at gunpoint.

After fleeing onto Wabash Ave, the suspects headed east on 10th St. and turned onto Montrose Ave.  At this time a K-9 unit assumed primary pursuit of the vehicle.  The suspects collided with a Ford pick-up truck at the intersection of W. 10th St. and Kathleen Rd. They immediately fled on foot.  The driver, Shemekia T. Dickerson, DOB 1/4/79, of 934 W. 11th St. in Lakeland, was apprehended by Sheriff's Office K-9 “Caesar” and handler D/S Bennett, and received minor puncture wounds from the bite and a broken leg from the collision.  Dickerson was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Carjacking, Violation of Probation, Robbery, Armed Burglary, Felony Fleeing, Resisting Arrest, and taken to LRMC for treatment, then Bartow to be booked into the PCSO jail.

While D/S Bennett apprehended the driver, the passenger, Keona Murray, DOB 2/28/83, of 720 Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, fled on foot to a residence on Providence Rd. where she attempted to enter the home.  D/S Givens, who initially noticed the Lexus, which turns out to have been stolen by the suspects from Orlando, attempted to subdue Murray.  As he attempted to arrest her, she produced a concealed hand-gun.  A struggle took place, but with the assistance of other deputies the suspect was placed under control and arrested.  Murray was charged with Providing a False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer, Carjacking, Robbery, Armed Burglary, Resisting Arrest, and was taken LRMC for treatment, then to Bartow to be booked into the PCSO jail.

Marcus Roberts (car jacking victim), 36, of 1117 N. Galloway Rd. in Lakeland was not injured.  Robbery victims inside the invaded residence included Damien King, 25, of 3215 Baird Ave. in Lakeland, and Johnny Miller, of 2450 W. 10th St in Lakeland.  Both men were not injured, but had money taken from them. The driver of the Ford pick-up suffered minor head injuries as a result of the collision.

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