As approximately 3:25 a.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014, two black males entered the RaceTrac convenience store located at 11023 Hwy 17, Eagle Lake, and demanded money from two RaceTrac employees. The suspects hit and shoved both victim’s during the robbery and the suspects implied they had a firearm. One suspect jumped the counter and demanded money from one employee, hit him on the head and knocked him to the floor. His wallet was also taken during the robbery. The second suspect shoved the second employee against the counter at the same time pressing a hard unknown object into the victim’s back. The second suspect emptied the pants pockets of the second victim. The suspects gained access to one register and stole the cash in the register. The men were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered.
As a result of their investigation, Polk County deputies have arrested 21-year-old Onterial Clark of 350 Ave C N.E., Winter Haven, 26-year-old James Ferrell Johnson III of 2222 Zinfandel Lane, Eagle Lake, and 24-year-old Antwan Deshan Johnson, also of 2222 Zinfandel Lane, Eagle Lake. All three are charged with Armed Burglary with Battery / Armed Robbery and taken into custody at approximately 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening. Clark was additionally charged with violation of probation.
“These robbery suspects are violent people who we are glad to get off the streets. And to no one’s surprise, they all have prior criminal histories, most related to violence and theft. Let’s hope the criminal justice system deals fairly and appropriately with these folks and they get sent to prison where they belong.” --Grady Judd, Sheriff
Witnesses provided a possible suspect vehicle description at the scene, including a description of a black male with long dreadlocks as the driver. The suspect vehicle (black Ford Explorer) was later located abandoned on Hwy 17 near Winter Lake Road. Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered identification belonging to James Johnson III. Deputies also discovered that the vehicle was believed to be in the possession of Chloe Burnham. Gloves matching those worn by the suspects during the robbery were located inside the vehicle. Two black t-shirts were located inside the vehicle. The shirts were tied in the same manner as the suspects wore them tied around their heads to conceal their identity during the robbery.
A Sheriff’s Office K-9 was deployed and tracked from the black Ford Explorer left in the road on Hwy 17 to the Julian Hills apartments in Eagle Lake.
A black male with long dreadlock style hair, later identified as James Ferrell Johnson III approached the suspect vehicle during the on-going investigation. It was learned that James Johnson resides at 2222 Zinfandel Lane, Eagle Lake, which is located in the Julian Hills Apartments. The same apartment complex the K-9 tracked to from the suspect vehicle.
Contact was made at the apartment located at 2222 Zinfandel Lane. A black male identified as Antwon Johnson answered the door. Contact was also made with Onterial Clark, and Chloe Burnham. The male subjects at this residence matched the description of the black male suspects described by the victim's, witness, and observed on video surveillance footage.
19-year-old Chloe Burnham of 1109 11th St N.E., Winter Haven, provided a false name and date of birth during initial contact by deputies. She was placed under arrest and charged accordingly.
A search warrant for the one bedroom apartment located at 2222 Zinfandel Lane, Eagle Lake, Florida was obtained and executed on Thursday afternoon. Clothing exactly matching the description of clothing that was worn by the two male suspects during the robbery, to include the shoes, was recovered from the attic of the apartment. The wallet belonging to one of the RaceTrac employees that was taken during the robbery was also recovered in the attic along with the victim’s social security card, Florida I.D. card, and Midflorida bank card.
During interviews with each suspect, they each implicated the other two suspects in the robbery and denied personal involvement or knowledge of the robbery.
All three robbery suspects have criminal histories that include a total of 17 arrests, 17 felony charges, and 13 misdemeanor charges.
Johnson, James Ferrell, 26, Eagle Lake
Total Felony Charges: 01
Total Misdemeanor Charges: 04
09/17/2010 – South Carolina – Orangeburg PD, Public Disorderly Conduct
06/29/2013 – Hardee County SO, Knowing DWLSR
06/06/2008 – PCSO, Operate M/Vehicle w/o Valid DL, Out of County Warrant
04/27/2008 – Auburndale PD, Carry Concealed Firearm
Clark, Onterial Antwone, 21, Winter Haven
AKA: Onterial Antwon Clark, Humpty Clark
Total Felony Charges: 09
Total Misdemeanor Charges: 04
Total Unknown Level Charges: 01
06/19/2014 – PCSO, Burglary with Assault or Battery, Robbery with Firearm, Obstruct w/o Violence, Probation Violation
04/14/2012 – Highlands County SO, Robbery
12/03/2011 – Winter Haven PD, Assault, Resist LEO
04/12/2010 – Hernando County SO, Aggravated Battery
03/29/2010 – Hernando County SO – JV, Aggravated Battery
08/11/2009 – Highlands County SO – JV, Burglary w/Assault or Battery, Robbery, Burglary, Grand Theft Auto
Johnson, Antwan Deshawn, 24, Eagle Lake
Total Felony Charges: 07
Total Misdemeanor Charges: 05
Total Failure to Appear: 01
Total State Prison Incarcerations: 02 (4/22/09-10/5/09 & 1/12/11-9/1/13)
04/07/2010 – PCSO, Sexual Assault by 18 YOA Older Sexual Battery Victim under 12 (2 counts)
03/15/2010 – PCSO, Probation Violation
01/06/2009 – PCSO, Battery
12/16/2008 – PCSO, Burglary, Petit Larceny, Resist LEO
09/27/2008 – PCSO, Burglary
09/27/2008 – PCSO, Petit Larceny
04/15/2005 – PCSO, Burglary, Petit Larceny
Burnham, Chloe, 19, Winter Haven
AKA: Chloe Petrice Burnham, Jennifer Atkins
Total Misdemeanor Charges: 03
06/19/2014 – PCSO, False ID Given to LEO
05/16/2014 – Winter Haven PD, Knowingly DWLSR
10/12/2012 – PCSO - “other” Charge