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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:  
Public Information Officer 
News Date: 7/8/2014 

 Five Arrested in Lakeland Carjacking Investigation 


PCSO Robbery detectives have arrested all five suspects responsible for a carjacking in Lakeland that occurred in June.

Around 6:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, June 29, 2014, a 56-year-old woman pulled into the parking lot at 740 Wabash Avenue when something tipped over in her back seat.  While she was stopped and taking care of the tipped over items, she noticed a smaller 4-door car pull up behind her and then was rushed by a black male in his early 20s.  (Note:  Detectives believe the car that pulled up behind her was the 2005 Suzuki Aerio that was carjacked earlier in the morning that the Lakeland Police Department is investigating).   

According to the victim, the young male began to hit and kick her and pointed a handgun at her.  The victim resisted and began hitting the first suspect with a flashlight.  The victim told detectives that at least one more suspect ran up and began beating her.  The suspects ultimately took a cellular phone from her pocket along with the car keys.  The suspects drove off with her car—a blue 2002 Ford Escape SUV. 

The victim’s Ford Escape was later located at approximately 10:00 a.m., unoccupied, on Old Dixie Highway just west of the Polk Parkway by the Florida Highway Patrol.  According to interviewed suspects, the car ran out of gas.  With the assistance of PCSO aircraft, 3 of the 5 suspects were located and later arrested.  Two other suspects were at large until early July.  See below for more information. 

The three arrested on June 29th, and their charges, are:

 

Deandre A. Leach, 18

Robbery with firearm/deadly weapon

Armed burglary with assault/battery

Resisting an officer without violence

Violation of probation/community control

Previous criminal history charges:  possession of a concealed firearm.

 

Hezekiah Brambel-Wright, 18

Robbery with firearm/deadly weapon

Armed burglary with assault/battery

Resisting an officer without violence

Violation of probation/community control

Previous criminal history charges:  resisting a law enforcement officer, probation violation, probation violation, failure to appear, battery, false ID given to law enforcement, possession of marijuana, burglary, grand theft, trespassing on school grounds.

 

Horatio Walker, B/M, 16 (JUVENILE)

            Trespass structure/conveyance

            Resisting an officer without violence

            Violation of probation/community control

Previous criminal history charges:  failure to appear, burglary, false ID given to law enforcement, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting a law enforcement officer, burglary, battery, disorderly conduct, battery, and battery.

 

Both Leach and Bramble-Wright told detectives they were at the scene of the carjacking of the 56-year-old woman on Wabash Avenue that morning.  They arrived in a vehicle that had been carjacked earlier in the morning (the blue Suzuki).  They claimed other black males got out of the blue Suzuki and battered and carjacked the woman.  Detectives determined that both Leach and Bramble-Wright were present while the 56-year-old woman was burglarized, battered, and robbed at gunpoint.  They made no effort to stop or report the crime.  They assisted in unloading items from the stolen vehicle.  They also were passengers (multiple times) in the blue Ford Escape, a vehicle they knew had been stolen. 

Detectives also learned that the license plates on the two vehicles carjacked (LPD case: 2005 blue Suzuki Aerio & PCSO case:  2002 blue Ford Escape) were switched sometime after the 6:00 a.m. carjacking on Wabash Avenue.  Lakeland Police Department detectives and Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are coordinating their investigations of the two carjackings. 

Leach positively identified 23-year-old Frederick Peacock of 311 West Parker Street in Lakeland, and 17-year-old Bruce Daniels of the same address, as the two at-large suspects who exited the vehicle and attacked the victim while armed with a handgun. They were further identified by another witness who gave them a ride as they were fleeing from the stolen SUV (the witness was unaware of the crime at the time). 

Peacock was arrested on July 3, 2014, at his home, and post-Miranda, told detectives he and Daniels drove the stolen SUV. He admitted to fleeing from FHP and running away on foot when the SUV ran out of gas, to avoid arrest.  

Peacock was out of jail on bond during the carjacking - he was arrested on May 16, 2014, by the Lakeland Police Department for Loitering and Carrying a Concealed Firearm. He has a total of six prior arrests in Polk County. Peacock has been booked into the Polk County Jail for: 

  • One count Armed Burglary with Battery (F-Life)
  • One count Armed Robbery (F-Life)
  • One count Possession of Meth (F-3)
  • One count Possession of Paraphernalia (M-1)
  • One count Resisting Arrest (M-1)  

Daniels, a juvenile who has now been charged with two felonies, has been on juvenile probation and has a 7:00 p.m. curfew. When Peacock was arrested at the home where Daniels also lives, Daniels was not home. Daniels' aunt confirmed that he was with Peacock the night of the carjacking, and confirmed that he was in violation of his juvenile probation curfew. Daniels turned himself in to PCSO on July 7, 2014.  He has been booked into the Polk County Jail for: 

  • One count Armed Burglary with Battery (F-Life)
  • One count Armed Robbery (F-Life)
  • One count Resisting Arrest (M-1)