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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 12/16/2012 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Detectives Charge Winter Haven Man with Murder 


At approximately 12:45 pm, on Saturday, December 15, 2012, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide detectives arrested 22-year-old Devon Anthony Sykes, DOB 09/13/1990, 2017 9th Lane NE, Winter Haven, charging him with First Degree Murder and Attempted Murder.  Sykes was arrested in connection to the December 9, 2012, murder of 23-year-old Sean Anthony Williamson.

As reported on Sunday, December 9, 2012, the PCSO received an early morning call in reference to shots being fired in the area of 613 Swiss Drive in Lakeland.  Upon their arrival, deputies found Williamson (DOB 1/16/89) of 613 Swiss Drive in Lakeland, lying in the roadway at the intersection of Swiss and Ponderosa.  

Through their investigation, detectives learned Williamson and a friend had returned from an evening out when a dark-colored vehicle blocked the victims’ car in front of Williamson’s residence. Two unknown black males got out and fired several shots at both victims hitting them both. Williamson's friend drove away from the scene, leaving Williamson behind in the road.  Williamson died at the scene.  Williamson's friend drove himself to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he was treated for gunshot wounds.  He has since been released. 

Sykes has a lengthy criminal arrest history which includes:

6/23/08 – PCSO – Resisting without Violence

9/11/09 – PCSO – Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia, Tampering with Evidence

1/11/11 – PCSO – Possession of Marijuana

10/29/11 – PCSO – Possession of Marijuana

12/3/11 – PCSO – Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Appear

3/4/12 – Winter Haven Police Department – Transporting Dangerous Material while Driving with License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR), Possession of Marijuana

Sykes was booked into the Polk County Jail where his is being held on no bond.

Anyone with information about this on-going investigation is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863.298.6200, or to remain anonymous, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or visit heartlandcrimestoppers.com.  Anonymity is guaranteed!

 Sykes Booking Photo