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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 1/6/2012 

 PCSO Deputies and U.S. Marshals Apprehend Miami Detention Escapee in Polk County 


On Thursday, January 5, 2012, PCSO deputies and agents assigned to the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) apprehended a Miami man wanted for escaping the Miami-Dade North Work Release Program on December 31, 2011. 

On January 2nd, PCSO deputies received information that the suspect, Thomas Parker, DOB 4/16/1990, of Miami, was believed to be in Polk County, possibly in Lakeland. Parker had been making harassing phone calls to a Lakeland woman (the mother of his child) since his escape, demanding to speak to his child, and threatening to hurt the woman when she refused. He left one message for her saying she "better hide because he left the [detention] center and he is coming for her."  

Based on this information and other leads, PCSO deputies with U.S. Marshals agents located Parker on Thursday, January 5th, and took him into custody without incident. He has been charged with Aggravated Stalking, and with the out-of-county warrant for Escape. His original incarceration in Miami was for Burglary and Grand Theft. He will be held in the Polk County Jail until he is released back into the custody of Miami-Dade authorities.

"This guy had less than 30 days left of his sentence in Miami, but instead he chose to escape, and now he faces up to 5 years in prison on additional charges. As you can see, this man continues to make bad choices, and when people do that, they deserve to be behind bars. I sincerely hope Parker will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and not be released early." - Sheriff Judd