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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 7/3/2012 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Office Robbery Detectives Arrest Four Suspects in Connection with Three Separate Incidents Involving the Same 68-year-old Victim 


On Tuesday, July 2, 2012, several suspects were taken into custody by PCSO Robbery detectives for their involvement in multiple crimes against one victim, a 68-year-old female.

A complete list of suspects and their charges along with the dates of each crime appears below. 

June 2, 2012 — Suspects and Charges

Edwards drove Gomez to 1009 Pirates Way in Lakeland where Gomez reached into the victim’s car and stole her purse.  Edwards later used credit cards from the theft in area stores

Edison Gomez, DOB 10/05/1975, 225 Tuscarora Street, Lakeland

Charged with: Burglary of Conveyance, (F3); Theft (F3), 2 Counts Credit Card Fraud (F3) 

Larry Edwards, DOB 02/26/1951, 3130 Strawberry Lane, Lakeland

Charged with: Burglary of Conveyance, (F3); Theft (F3), 2 Counts Credit Card Fraud (F3) 

June 10, 2012 — Suspects and Charges

Edwards drove Gomez to the victim’s home where Gomez accosted her with a black handgun as she left for church.  Gomez struck the victim in the face and stole her purse and fled.  Gainey later cashed money orders from the theft.

Edwards—Robbery with Firearm (F1-Life), Burglary with Battery (F1– life)

Gomez—Robbery with Firearm (F1-Life), Burglary with Battery (F1– life)

Lloyd Gainey, DOB 07/14/1960, 1117 N. Davis Avenue, Lot #3, Lakeland, Charged with: Forgery (F3), Uttering Forged Instrument (F3)

July 1, 2012 - Suspects and Charges

Edwards drove Gomez to the victim’s home where Gomez again accosted her with a black handgun as she was leaving for church.  He forced her back inside the residence and stole cash from her bedroom and fled.

Edwards—Robbery with Firearm (F1-Life), Burglary with Battery (F1– life)

Gomez—Robbery with Firearm (F1-Life), Burglary with Battery (F1– life)

July 2, 2012—Suspect and Charge

Fuentes, Gomez’ girlfriend, lied and gave false information to detectives about the incidents and information about her boyfriend.

Judith Fuentes, DOB 06/23/1982, 225 Tuscarora Street, Lakeland

Charged with: Resisting without Violence.