Date: January 17, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

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

Haines City Man Arrested On Attempted Murder and Robbery Charges

Thanks to a tip called in to the Crimestoppers hotline, Haines City Police and Polk County Sheriff's detectives located Jerome Person, DOB 6/22/82, at a residence on 7th Street in Haines City yesterday afternoon, January 16, 2003, and placed him under arrest without incident.  

Person had a warrant for his arrest for Attempted Murder in Haines City, and was wanted for questioning about a string of armed robberies in the county.  Immediately after his arrest, Person was taken to the Haines City Police Department for questioning by investigators.  There he confessed post-Miranda to taking part in several robberies, among them the Sonny's Restaurant located within the Haines City limits, and 2 PCSO cases: the Island Food Store, 1199 Powerline Road in Haines City, on December 17, 2002; and the Denny's Restaurant,  44111 U.S. Hwy 27 in Davenport, in which the manager was shot, on December 29, 2002.

Detectives also apprehended 16-year-old Jarvis Wilson, DOB 8/28/86, of 1115 Avenue N in Haines City, the same day, for his participation in the Denny's robbery.  Wilson was booked into the Juvenile Assessment Center last night and charged with 1 count Attempted Felony Murder and 1 count Attempted Armed Robbery.

Person is being held in the Polk County Jail without bond and has been charged with 2 counts of Armed Robbery (Sonny's, Island Food); 1 count Attempted Armed Robbery (Denny's); 1 count Attempted Felony Murder (Denny's); 1 count Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (HCPD case); and Failure to Appear for a prior Battery charge.

We appreciate the local media's help in getting the Crimestoppers hotline and information about Jerome Person out to the public.  With your cooperation, this dangerous felon was taken off the streets, hopefully for a very long time.  This is just one of the many examples of how law enforcement and the media can help to make a positive difference!

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