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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/25/2012 

 Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation Felon Sweep - Polk County Results 

During a three-week statewide initiative, “Operation Felony Sweep,” the Polk County Sheriff’s Office made 806 Felony arrests.  Of those arrested, 539 were as a result of Felony Probable Cause arrests, 355 outstanding Felony warrants, 439 were accompanying Misdemeanor charges, and seven charges which were either local ordinance violations or federal offenses.  The initiative began September 28, 2012 and ran through October 22, 2012. 

“We like putting criminals jail,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  “What we don’t like is learning a number of those we arrested continue to violate the law over and over.  Instead of working they are receiving federal assistance and committing crimes against people who are working and paying taxes.” 

Four examples of the Polk County felons arrested and who have been receiving monthly Federal assistance are:

Michael Leonard, DOB, 11/29/1965, was arrested on 10/17/12 for Robbery.  Leonard has been in state prison five times, arrested 11 times.

Cody Bearden, DOB 12/31/1987, was arrested on 10/15/12 for Burglary, Grand Theft, and Dealing in Stolen Property.  Bearden has been in state prison one time and has been arrested 15 times.

Herminio Roman, DOB 01/30/1988, was arrested on 10/19/2012 for Weapons Offenses, Hallucinogen – MFR – w/Intent to Sell MFG or Deliver/Possess Marijuana, Drugs – Equip – Possess And or Use, and Violation Probation.  Roman has a 2005 Massachusetts Parole Violation, and has been arrested six times.

Cornelius Canady, 07/29/1980, was arrested on 10/10/12 for Burglary, Grand Larceny, Vehicle Theft, Forgery, and Fraud.  Canady has been in state prison once, and has been arrested 14 times.

Sheriff Grady Judd, Vice President of the Florida Sheriffs Association was joined by FSA President, Highland’s County Sheriff Susan Benton, Osceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell, Charlotte County, Sheriff Bill Cameron, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier, and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Colonel James Previtera during in a joint news conference as the FSA announced the state-wide results of the three-week long initiative. 

43 Florida counties participated with a total of 11,875 felons taken off the streets of Florida.  To read about the state wide results, please click the Florida map below.