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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 1/16/2015 

 Multi-Agency Investigation Being Conducted into Armed Robbery and Double Homicide - All Four Suspects in Custody 


The Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Auburndale Police Department (APD), and the Haines City Police Department (HCPD) are conducting an investigation into an armed robbery and a double homicide, in Auburndale and Haines City. The following is a timeline of events:

Thursday, January 15, 2015: 

5:34 p.m. - The PCSO Emergency Communications Center receives a call in reference to a shooting at 807 Derby Avenue in Auburndale; APD and PCSO respond; the house is vacant

5:46 p.m. - The PCSO Emergency Communications Center receives a silent alarm call indicating a robbery in progress at Cash America Pawn, located at 105 Havendale Blvd in Auburndale; APD and PCSO respond; suspect vehicle information is obtained - a red GMC SUV

5:59 p.m. - HCPD Officer Jeff Moore is in pursuit of the suspect vehicle and advises shots have been fired at his patrol car from the suspect vehicle; his vehicle is not struck by bullets

6:00 p.m. - HCPD Officer David Smith is also in pursuit of the suspect vehicle and advises shots have been fired at his patrol car; his car is struck by at least one round, which entered the rear door and narrowly missed his canine partner in the backseat

6:02 p.m. - Four suspects bail on foot from the suspect vehicle; 22-year-old Devonere "Devon" McCune, DOB 3/2/1992, of Haines City, is apprehended by PCSO canine team Deputy Sheriff Brett Hermelbracht and canine Turbo; he is medically treated for his bite wounds; the other three suspects flee on foot

6:20 p.m. - PCSO ECC receives a call from resident on Astor Rd reporting suspicious activity at her neighbor's house in Haines City; APD, HCPD, and PCSO respond to 618 Astor Rd; a car suddenly bursts through closed garage door at the law enforcement officers; they open fire on the vehicle; 34-year-old Michael Gordon, DOB 2/15/1980, of Lakeland, is shot 4 times and apprehended by PCSO canine team D/S Hermelbracht and Turbo; his wounds are non-life-threatening

6:28 p.m. - Officers and deputies on-scene located two homicide victims in the house, identified as mother and daughter residents 72-year-old Patricia Moran and 51-year-old Deborah Royal

Overnight: PCSO, HCPD, and APD maintain a perimeter around the Chanler Ridge subdivision, going door-to-door in a search for the two remaining at-large suspects.

Friday, January 16, 2015: 

8:34 a.m. - The PCSO ECC receives a 9-1-1 call from a Haines City resident who lives on North Lee Jackson Hwy. She tells the dispatcher that she gets up at 5:00 a.m. every morning, and this morning she saw the news about the situation in Haines City. Just before she called, she heard a knock on her door and someone saying, "Police." She opened her inner solid door and saw through the outer glass door an unknown black male wearing a white tank top and dark pants, who looked wet and bedraggled. He asked her to use her phone - she said no, shut the door, and called 9-1-1.

Before deputies were even dispatched to this call, law enforcement officers who were still maintaining the perimeter that was set up last night spotted the unknown black male walking through a backyard near the intersection of Kentucky and North Lee Jackson. They ordered him to stop, and he complied. He tried to tell deputies he was riding four-wheelers in the woods all night with his cousin. He was positively identified as suspect Jovan Lamb, DOB 4/25/1985, of Haines City. During a more extensive search of the area, deputies found suspect Terrell Williams, DOB 3/5/1985, of Haines City hiding under a tarp in a shed in the backyard of 1325 North Lee Jackson Hwy in Haines City. He was taken into custody without incident. 

All four suspects have been booked into the Polk County Jail, and will have first appearance hearings via live video feed from the South County Jail at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, January 17, 2015.  

CURRENT CHARGES FOR ALL FOUR SUSPECTS:

Devonere McCune, DOB 3/2/92, charged with: two counts Armed Robbery; one count Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery; three counts Attempted Murder on a LEO; one count Fleeing to Elude; one count Grand Theft

Michael Gordon, DOB 2/5/80, charged with: two counts 1st Degree Murder; one count Armed Burglary of a Dwelling; two counts Armed Robbery; one count Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery; three counts Attempted Murder on a LEO; two counts Fleeing to Elude; one count Grand Theft Auto; one count Grand Theft

Jovan Lamb, DOB 4/25/85, charged with: two counts Armed Robbery; one count Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery; three counts Attempted Murder on a LEO; one count Fleeing to Elude; one count Grand Theft; one count Violation of Probation (Felony Criminal Mischief) 

Terrell Williams, DOB 3/5/85, charged with: two counts Armed Robbery; one count Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery; three counts Attempted Murder on a LEO; one count Fleeing to Elude; one count Grand Theft

CRIMINAL HISTORIES FOR ALL FOUR SUSPECTS:

Devonere McCune:

  • 11/27/04 - Arrested by HCPD - Disorderly conduct
  • 8/12/06 - Arrested by HCPD - Grand theft
  • 9/25/06 - Arrested by HCPD - Aid Runaway Juvenile
  • 10/27/06 - Arrested by HCPD - Disorderly conduct
  • 12/14/06 - Arrested by Lake Alfred PD - Battery on education employee, Disturbing the peace
  • 5/1/09 - Arrested by PCSO - Robbery
  • 11/10/09 - PCSO - Robbery
  • 12/30/10 - PCSO - Armed Robbery, VOP
  • FL state prison: March 2010 - November 2010; April 2012 - September 2014
  • Released from prison on 9/11/14
  • Currently on probation for Robbery 

Michael Gordon:

  • 10/13/94 - LPD - Agg Assault with weapon, Burglary
  • 2/1/96 - PCSO - Battery on detention employee
  • 7/11/96 - LPD - Cocaine Possession
  • 5/12/97 - LPD - Cocaine Possession, Resisting Arrest
  • 5/12/98 - LPD - Resisting Arrest, VOP, FTA
  • 10/6/98 - PCSO - Resisting Arrest
  • 11/21/98 - PCSO - Possession of Alcohol by Minor
  • 12/22/98 - PCSO - Possession of Cocaine WITS
  • 5/12/99 - PCSO - Possession of Controlled Substance Without Rx
  • 9/1/99 - LPD - VOP
  • 4/30/00 - LPD - Marijuana Possession, Giving False Info to LEO
  • 6/6/00 - PCSO - VOP
  • 5/23/01 - PCSO - Battery Domestic Violence
  • 6/14/01 - PCSO - Battery DV, Resisting Arrest
  • 8/8/01 - PCSO - Battery DV, VOP
  • 10/29/01 - PCSO - VOP
  • 8/10/02 - LPD - Resisting Arrest
  • 8/16/02 - LPD - VOP
  • 7/16/03 - LPD - DWLSR, Giving False ID to LEO
  • 9/22/03 - Orange Co SO - Retail Theft
  • 10/28/03 - LPD - Trespass
  • 11/15/03 - LPD - Grand Theft, Resisting Arrest
  • 11/24/03 - LPD - Trespass, Resisting Arrest
  • 11/25/03 - PCSO - VOP
  • 5/25/04 - PCSO - Agg Battery, Grand Theft, Resisting Arrest
  • 9/13/14 - PCSO - Battery DV
  • 10/21/14 - PCSO - Battery DV
  • FL state prison: September 2000 - December 2000; July 2005 - May 2014

Jovan Lamb:

  • 10/9/00 - HCPD - Burglary, Larceny
  • 3/8/01 - PCSO - Vehicle Theft, Burglary, Trespass, Resisting Arrest
  • 5/16/01 - Davenport PD - Resisting Arrest, VOP
  • 7/30/01 - Shoplifting
  • 8/1/01 - HCPD - Armed Robbery
  • 9/5/01 - PCSO - Armed Burglary, Robbery
  • 3/12/02 - PCSO - Shoplifting, Larceny
  • 4/14/02 - PCSO - VOP, Vehicle Theft, Burglary
  • 10/19/02 - PCSO - Larceny, VOP
  • 11/21/02 - PCSO - Fleeing to Elude, Resisting Arrest
  • 1/24/07 - HCPD - Fleeing to Elude
  • 5/1/14 - PCSO - Forgery, Altering Public Records, Criminal Mischief, Fleeing to Elude, Resisting Arrest, Burglary
  • 12/1/14 - HCPD - VOP
  • FL state prison: March 2004 - September 2006; August 2007 - December 2013;

Terrell Williams:

  • 11/10/03 - PCSO - Possession Marijuana & Paraphernalia
  • 12/3/03 - LPD - Resisting Arrest, Fleeing to Elude, Possession Cocaine & Marijuana, Destroy Evidence, Vehicle Theft, Loitering
  • 11/20/04 - Orlando PD - Concealed Weapon, Possession Marijuana, Resisting Arrest, VOP
  • 12/10/04 - PCSO - Weapons Offense
  • 6/20/05 - PCSO - Perjury
  • 10/13/05 - HCPD - Possession Hallucinogen & Marijuana
  • 2/23/06 - PCSO - Perjury
  • 9/4/07 - HCSO - Perjury
  • 1/24/08 - HCSO - Possession Marijuana & Paraphernalia, Destroy Evidence, Obstruction of Justice
  • 3/24/08 - FTA
  • 5/24/08 - HCSO - Larceny
  • 5/31/08 - PCSO - FTA
  • 9/18/10 - Jax SO - Assault
  • 6/11/12 - Lake Wales PD - Battery
  • 7/25/12 - Orange County SO - FTA
  • 10/20/12 - PCSO - FTA
  • 12/19/12 - HCPD - Agg Assault, Agg Battery, Possession of Weapon by Convicted Felon
  • 4/24/14 - Seminole Co SO - FTA
  • 4/25/14 - PCSO - FTA, VOP
  • FL state prison: March 2005 - August 2005; June 2006 - September 2007

ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE, SENT ON JAN. 15, 2015:

Around 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015, Auburndale P.D. and PCSO were dispatched to a robbery in progress at the Cash America Pawn located on Havendale Blvd. in Auburndale. After responding to the scene, officers and deputies obtained information about the suspect vehicle, described as a burgundy GMC SUV. The robbery suspects were described as three armed black males dressed in hoodies, with an additional black male suspect in a vehicle outside.  

Shortly thereafter, the suspect vehicle was spotted by a Haines City P.D. officer heading eastbound on US 17/92 in Haines City. The HCPD officer engaged in a pursuit with the suspect vehicle. The suspects in the vehicle fired several shots at the HCPD patrol car - neither the car nor the officers were struck by any bullets. The suspect vehicle then crashed near Chanler Ridge subdivision, west of US 27 and north of US 17/92. All four suspects fled from the crashed car. One suspect was immediately apprehended by a PCSO K-9 team. The other three suspects fled on foot. A perimeter was set up, including officers and deputies from APD, HCPD, and PCSO. 

Shortly thereafter, law enforcement received information from a resident that a house nearby hers had suspicious activity. Deputies and officers surrounded the house. A blue car then came barreling out of the garage straight at the deputies and officers, who opened fire on the car. The car stopped and the one suspect inside the car was immediately taken into custody. He was shot and also bitten by a K-9. He has non-life threatening injuries. Law enforcement officers found two deceased adults in the home - they are both victims of homicide.  

There are two suspects still at large, and they are to be considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS. 

All three agencies, including SWAT officers and K-9 teams, will be on the perimeter throughout the evening, searching for the suspects. Residents are urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1. 

If you have any information about the robbery at the Cash America or these suspects' whereabouts, you can remain anonymous and receive a cash reward - you are urged to contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).