During the early morning hours of Friday, September 25, 2015, 19-year-old Ladarrius Noble of 814 Everett Street in Lake Alfred was captured by PCSO deputies on patrol minutes after committing a third and fourth armed robbery.
According to the affidavits, around 3:45 a.m. that morning, an unknown black male suspect wearing a bandanna, hooded sweatshirt, a glove on one hand, and armed with a handgun robbed the Circle K located at 4950 US Hwy 92 in Lakeland. The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.
PCSO deputies in the area were then notified by the PCSO Emergency Communications Center that another armed robbery occurred in the city of Auburndale at the Circle K located at 1000 US Hwy 92. An Auburndale Police Officer responding to that call observed the suspect vehicle fleeing, described as a dark-colored Honda Civic with a temporary tag. The officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle but it fled. The suspect vehicle information was broadcast via BOLO (Be On Look Out).
Approximately five minutes later, PCSO Sergeant Dennis Warren, who was riding with and training newly-promoted PCSO Sergeant Lyle Tripp (who had just been promoted at 1:30 that afternoon) spotted the suspect vehicle at the intersection of Gandy Road and Gandy Street in Auburndale. They made a traffic stop, and the suspect exited the vehicle with his hands in the air, saying, "I ain't going to lie, it was me. The gun is in the car. It's just a BB gun."
Inside the car, the two Sergeants located a large amount of cash and the BB gun. The suspect, positively identified as Ladarrius Noble, was taken into custody without incident and placed under arrest.
Post-Miranda, Noble told detectives he needed money to help his mother pay bills and support his little sister. He confessed to four separate robberies: two in unincorporated Polk County, an attempted one in the city of Winter Haven, and one in the city of Auburndale:
Around 10:30 p.m. on September 23, 2015, Noble robbed the Shell station located at 4290 North Scenic Hwy in unincorporated Lake Wales. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black shorts, and a bandanna covering his face, armed with a handgun. He told detectives he parked his car near an orange grove down the street prior to the robbery. After the robbery he fled the scene on foot and ran to his car. A PCSO K-9 team tracked his scent to the orange grove.
Around 11:25 p.m. that same evening, Noble attempted to rob the Murphy gas station located at 1174 Third Street SW in the city of Winter Haven. His efforts were thwarted by the employee who was in the process of closing the kiosk and able to retreat back inside and lock it behind him.
PCSO is charging Noble with two counts of Armed Robbery. WHPD and APD will also be charging Noble in their cases."This is not just another example of excellent police work - it is an example of how well the teamwork and coordination between Polk County law enforcement agencies works. Our shared dispatching and radio capabilities enable us to simultaneously work to catch suspects just minutes after crimes are committed." - Sheriff Grady Judd