Around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, PCSO deputies responded to 5415 Old Hwy 37 in Lakeland after the homeowner called 9-1-1 and reported coming home after being gone for five days and finding two unknown people sleeping in his house. The homeowner told deputies he left the house on October 30, 2015, to stay with his mother because he was ill. He came home on November 4th to see his front door had been kicked in. He went inside and found two black males he didn't recognize, sleeping in a bedroom.
Deputies arrived on-scene and set up a perimeter outside the home, calling inside for the suspects to come out. They refused. A K-9 team responded and again warned the suspects to come out - they continued to refuse. The K-9 team entered the home, at which time the suspects tried climbing out of the bedroom window to evade capture. Deputies surrounding the home immediately apprehended the pair.
Upon further inspection, the homeowner noticed three window A/C units missing. The home had also been vandalized, with still-wet paint on the walls and carpets, causing approximately $3,800 in damage.
The suspects were positively identified as 18-year-old Jaquel Fleming of 905 Adamson Court of Lake Alfred, and 23-year-old Keilow Roundtree of 1020 8th Street West in Lakeland.
During a post-Miranda interview, both suspects admitted to breaking into the house "to party and smoke weed in celebration of Fleming's recent release from jail."
"This is a scary take on the three bears nursery rhyme. These two recently released felons thought they'd find a comfy bed in someone else's house, steal their things and throw paint around, in celebration of being out of jail. Well guess what guys? The party's over." - Sheriff Grady Judd
Fleming has 7 prior arrests in Polk County, for Carrying Concealed Firearm, Burglary, Petit Theft, Possession of Marijuana & Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, No Valid DL, VOP, and Failure to Appear. He was most recently arrested by Lakeland P.D. on April 29, 2015, for Burglary, Grand Theft, Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia, for which he was sentenced to 220 days in the county jail and was just released.
Roundtree has 6 prior arrests in Polk County, for Robbery, Carrying Concealed Firearm, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Alcohol by Person Under 21, Trespassing, and VOP. In October 2014, he was sentenced to 18 months in state prison for Robbery. He was just released from state prison on May 1, 2015.
Fleming and Roundtree are now both back in the county jail, each charged with Burglary, Grand Theft, Criminal Mischief, and Resisting Arrest.