Date: September 11, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Winter Haven Man Arrested in S.C. Facing Charges for 2001 Armed Carjacking

Polk County Sheriff’s Robbery Detective David Last was able to close the file on an investigation into a violent carjacking that occurred over a year and a half ago when he received word last month that one of the suspects, who was still at-large, had been arrested in South Carolina on unrelated charges.  Carlos Henry, DOB 7/30/76, of 1301 37th Street NW in Winter Haven, was picked up August 26, 2002, by Fountain Inn Police in Fountain Inn, South Carolina on Polk County warrants for Failure To Appear for Cocaine Possession, Resisting an Officer With Violence, and Driving While License Suspended.

On September 10, 2002, Henry was extradited to Polk County and booked into the Polk County Jail.  Detective Last then charged Henry additionally for his role in the following carjacking incident:

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on January 31, 2001, two unknown black male suspects in a gray 70’s model Ford blocked a vehicle being driven by Alex Scott at the intersection of Ave Q NW and 28th Street NW in Winter Haven. 

Antwan Hall, the owner of the blocked vehicle, was in the front passenger seat.  One of the suspects, identified later as Carlos Henry, exited the Ford’s passenger side and fired one shot into Hall’s vehicle, yelling, “Get out of the car!”  Mr. Scott put the vehicle in reverse in an attempt to flee, at which time Henry chased the vehicle on foot and fired a second shot at it.  Mr. Scott and Mr. Hall then exited the vehicle and ran, escaping unharmed.  Henry drove away in Hall’s vehicle and his accomplice, Lonarsh Williams, DOB 12/12/74, of 620 Ave F NW in Winter Haven, followed in the gray Ford.

The investigation by Detective Last revealed the identities of the two suspects, and on May 25, 2001, Lonarsh Williams was booked into the Polk County Jail for: Driving While License Suspended,  Resisting an Officer Without Violence, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer, Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary, Attempted Murder, Armed Kidnapping, and Grand Theft.  However, Carlos Henry remained at-large until his recent out-of-state arrest.

Henry is currently being held without bond in the Polk County Jail, and, in addition to the warrant charges mentioned previously, faces the following charges: Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary, Attempted Murder, Armed Kidnapping, and Grand Theft. 

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