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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 3/22/2013 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Conducting Attempted Murder/Robbery Investigation 

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.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or LOG ONTO www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED!  iPhone users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install this free app, search for "TipSoft" or "TipSubmit" on the Apple App Store.