Date: May 14, 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

Federal Indictment Served On Lakeland Man For Harboring Escapee

Polk County Sheriff's Warrants detectives assisted U.S. Marshals with apprehending a Lakeland man today who was federally indicted last week and charged with harboring a prison escapee who had a warrant for his arrest. 

Gregory Alphonso Dickens III, DOB 10/26/82, of 616 Montana Avenue in Lakeland, is charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office with harboring and concealing escapee Shenard Dumas after he broke out of the Polk County Jail in March.  Dumas escaped when he posed as another inmate and used that inmate's posted bail to be released (see previous news releases on for further information).  A warrant was issued for Dumas' arrest, but through the help of Dickens, he was able to elude authorities for two and a half weeks before he was apprehended.  Detectives arrested Dumas at a Motel 6 on U.S. 98 North in Lakeland on April 10 and discovered that Dickens had put the hotel room in his name for Dumas' use.

Dickens was taken into custody at his place of employment, Nations Bonds, Inc. at 165 S Central Avenue in Bartow, by Warrants Detective Chuck Hicks and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agent Walt Lanier on Wednesday, May 14, 2003, and transported to the federal courthouse in Tampa.

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