April 25, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
Detectives Arrest Two Suspects
Following Discovery Of Body In Vacant Lot
Sheriff's Office Homicide Detectives arrested two suspects this afternoon
(Thursday, Apr. 25, 2002) following the discovery of the body of a black
male in a vacant lot in Auburndale this morning.
Deputies responded to the reported discovery of a body at 7:46 a.m. this
morning (Thursday, Apr. 25, 2001). The body of Sylvester L.
Reynolds, DOB 4/11/79, of 1416 26th Street NW in Winter Haven, was found
by a passerby in a vacant lot located across the street from 718 New Hope
Street in Auburndale. The area is described as a high crime residential
During the investigation, detectives determined that Reynolds was the
victim of a shooting that occurred at around 3:30 a.m. this morning.
Detectives arrested Christopher Robinson, DOB 4/6/76, of 719 Henry Street
in Auburndale, and charged him with 2nd Degree Murder. Also arrested was
Corey McKinney, 2/7/74, of 1360 NE 3rd Street in Winter Haven, and charged
him with Accessory After the Fact, Obstructing Justice and Tampering with
Detectives believe that the two suspects and the victim were involved in a
confrontation of some type in the area of 718 New Hope Street. The
confrontation escalated, and Robinson shot the victim. McKinney then
dragged the victim to the vacant lot across the street, according to