Date: July 09, 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

Deputies Arrest Three after Home Invasion and Car Theft

Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman and two men this afternoon after they invaded a woman's home and stole her vehicle.

The victim, Elizabeth Power-Gatlin, DOB 8/10/60, of 3793 Sheltland Drive in Lake Wales, was at home with her 15-year-old daughter around noon on July 9, 2003, when an acquaintance of hers, Ashley Strouse, BF, DOB 10/23/83, of 3849 East Rolling Hills Court in Lake Wales, came to the house accompanied by two unknown black males.  Once Ms. Gatlin let the trio into her home, the two men, later identified as brothers Roger Addison, DOB 6/15/83, of 2902 Dudley Drive in Bartow, and Raymond Addison, DOB 5/21/87, from the same address, pulled out a handgun and a shotgun and robbed her of a few ounces of marijuana.  Then the suspects pistol-whipped Ms. Gatlin, duct-taped her and her daughter, tied them together, and fled. 

The 3 suspects attempted to leave in their Ford Thunderbird, but found that it would not start. At that time, Roger Addison broke into Ms. Gatlin's home through a window, where he sustained a severe laceration to his arm, and took the keys to her Chrysler Le Baron.  The trio fled in that vehicle towards Bartow. 

Ms. Gatlin was able to free herself and call the Sheriff's Office.  Although she sustained a cut to her head from the suspects, she refused medical treatment.  The car was immediately BOLO'ed (Be On the Lookout), and was spotted abandoned near the creek along Old Bartow/Eagle Lake Road in Bartow, near Crossover Road.  Coincidentally, this is also near the Sheriff's Office Burnham-McCall Training Center.  Deputies quickly set up a perimeter, and interviewed witnesses fishing in the area who reported they spotted two people flee the vehicle on foot. 

A deputy along the edge of the established perimeter spotted Ashley and Raymond in the woods across from the training center firing range around 1:30 p.m., and arrested them without incident.  Shortly thereafter, Roger was apprehended at Bartow Memorial Hospital, where he had gone to be treated for his wound.  At this point it is unclear how Roger got to the hospital.  He underwent surgery at the hospital and, although he is in custody, he will remain there overnight. Ashley and Roger will be booked into the Polk County Jail, and will be charged with:  2 counts armed burglary, 2 counts armed kidnapping, 1 count armed robbery, and 1 count grand theft auto.  Raymond will be booked into the juvenile detention center for the same charges.

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