Of the two suspects identified and charged in a home invasion and attempted murder that occurred on January 27, 2015, at a home on Brenda Lane near Auburndale, one is in custody in the Polk County Jail, and the other is deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
During the home invasion, around 12:55 that morning, an unknown white male went into the victim’s residence on Brenda Lane, carrying a sawed-off shotgun. The suspect shot the adult male victim and stole his Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. The stolen truck was abandoned in a wooded area and later recovered on February 5, 2015, with help from the Lakeland Police Department.
PCSO detectives identified Odis “Ray” Cloud, DOB 4/1/1966, of 339 Lake Huron Drive in Mulberry, and John Edward “Johnny” Beach, DOB 8/25/63, of 1437 Merrick Road in Lakeland, as suspects in this case.
On February 6, 2015, detectives met with and interviewed Cloud, after he had been arrested for Violation of Probation (he was on felony probation for possession of marijuana over 20 grams). A condition of his probation was a curfew of 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and Cloud was not at his residence during a curfew check by PCSO detectives. After an interview with Cloud, PCSO detectives filed additional charges against Cloud for the Auburndale home invasion, for two counts Armed Robbery, one count Armed Burglary with Battery, one count Giving False Info to LEO During Investigation, and one count Attempted Murder. He also has two VOP charges. He was booked into the Polk County Jail where he is being held on no bond. He has been in the Polk County Jail on 19 prior occasions, and to state prison four times.
PCSO detectives also obtained a warrant for Beach’s arrest.
On Thursday, February 12, 2015, PCSO deputies responded to 4873 Clayton Road in the Kathleen area in reference to a possible armed suspect trespassing on private property. Soon after deputies began arriving on-scene, the suspect walked out of a wooded area, got onto his knees, pulled out a handgun, and shot himself one time in the head. The armed suspect was positively identified as Johnny Beach. He was taken to LRMC, and was declared deceased on Friday, February 13, 2015. Beach had a Polk County warrant for his arrest for one count Attempted Murder, two counts Armed Robbery, one count Armed Burglary with Battery, one count Aggravated Battery with Deadly Weapon, one count Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, one count Grand Theft, and one count VOP. Beach’s criminal history included 22 Felony charges; 11 Misdemeanor charges; he had been to state prison six times.
“Our detectives have done an outstanding job following up on leads and developing facts and information that show Beach and Cloud conspired together to commit an armed home invasion robbery. It is unfortunate that Beach chose to commit suicide prior to being taken into custody. As a result, Cloud will be held solely accountable for this crime.” -- Grady Judd, Sheriff