Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are currently conducting an Attempted Murder/Robbery investigation in which one victim was shot and another beaten.
Based upon witness statements, at approximately 9:00 pm, on Thursday, March 21, 2013, three black male juveniles entered a residence on Elizabeth Street, in the Wabash area of Lakeland. Once inside, the suspects demanded property. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and shot a male victim in the abdomen. The same suspect then pistol whipped a female victim with the gun. The suspects then left the residence taking jewelry from the residence.
The male victim was transported to an area hospital and is listed in stable condition. The female victim is expected to make a full recovery.
During the investigation, one of the suspects, a 14-year-old juvenile, was located in a nearby home. Arrested was Michael Desmond Blackwood, DOB /05/28/1998, 2130 Elizabeth Street, Lakeland. Blackwood has a lengthy criminal arrest history (14 separate charges) which includes felony and misdemeanor charges including (in part) illegal drugs, three domestic violence batteries, robbery, and probation violations:
11/24/2010 Battery DV – First Offense, Misdemeanor (violent) Arresting agency: PCSO
06/012011 Robbery by sudden Snatching, Felony (violent) Arresting agency: PCSO
Resisting w/o Violence, Misdemeanor
Disorderly Conduct, Misdemeanor
07/11/2011 Battery DV, Misdemeanor (violent) Arresting agency: LPD
08/14/2012 Probation Violation Arresting agency: PCSO
11/27/2012 Probation Violation Arresting agency: PCSO
Possession of Synthetic Drug, Misdemeanor
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
11/30/2012 Failure to Appear, Misdemeanor Arresting agency: PCSO
01/02/2013 Battery DV, Felony (violent) Arresting agency: PCSO
Possession Cannabis, Misdemeanor
Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
03/18/2013 Probation Violation Arresting agency: PCSO
03/21/2013 Probation Violation Arresting agency: PCSO
Attempted Homicide, Felony
Robbery with Firearm, Felony
Aggravated Battery (2 Counts), Felony
At the time of his arrest last night, Blackwood had been sentenced to house arrest and “Day Treatment Probation” for the January 2, 2013 Battery and Drug charges. He violated those conditions on March 18, 2013, but was again placed on house arrest.
“Here is yet another example of a juvenile with a history of violence continuing to ignore the consequences of his actions,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “The suspects in this crime aren’t mischievous children who got into trouble for a minor infraction; these are young criminals who consciously made a choice to victimize someone, and it wasn’t the first time. As a community we cannot overlook the fact that without facing serious consequences for their actions, their crimes will continue and the violence will escalate.”
The other two suspects in this investigation remain at large. Anyone with information about this case, or who may know Blackwood’s associates, is urged to contact Detective Kevin Smith at 863.298.6927, or 863.298.6200.
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