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Updated: 04/05/2014 08:00:03AM

12-year-old boys charged with burglary

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Three juveniles were charged with a burglary at Gibbons Street Elementary School, the Bartow Police Department reported.

At 6:30 p.m. on March 31, officers responded to the school at 1860 E. Gibbons St. to a past burglary.

An investigation shows the subjects committed the burglary on Thursday, March 27 during the evening hours. They gained access by breaking a window, police reported.

Once inside the subjects began breaking computers, throwing paint and breaking additional windows and property. Damage is estimated to exceed $10,000.

A school resource officer identified three possible suspects and all three were charged with burglary, criminal mischief, theft of a fire extinguisher and unlawful discharge of a fire extinguisher. The three are Sergio Hernandez, 12, Derrick Robinson, 12, and Joseph White, 12.

Detectives learned during the investigation the subjects returned to the school on Sunday, March 30, to try to remove and clean evidence they may have left at the scene, such as fingerprints and blood.

Even with the three subjects in custody, the investigation remains open as detectives believe others may have been involved in the burglary.

Police seeking suspect

Bartow Police are looking for Timothy Lewis Gant, 60, to arrest him for trying to strangle his wife and for domestic battery. The incident occurred on March 23.

At about 3:30 a.m. that date, Gant, who had been drinking, was having an argument with his wife and left the house. He returned while she was asleep on floor in the living room. Gant got on top of her and began to choke her with his left hand and punched her face, a report said.

The beating left her unconscious, the report said.

Police noticed swelling on the right side of her head and scratches on her left arm. She was taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center, the report said.

In a search for the suspect, officers have not found him, the report said.

Woman charged with lying to police

A 24-year-old woman told police in a sworn statement her husband threw her into a wall during an argument, but when she threw herself into a wall after punching him in the chest a number of times, a Bartow Police Department report states.

Anesha Farrouk was charged with battery and giving false information to a law enforcement officer on March 25 and was booked into the Polk County Jail.

Farrouk and her husband were arguing at 1:50 p.m. about him taking the children to see their grandparents. They have two children — ages 6 and 2 ½ — who were present when the incident took place, the report said. During the argument, Farrouk hit her husband in the chest and upper body about eight times, the report said.

The argument continued and Farrouk started throwing food and dishes on the floor and then threw herself into a wall two times striking her head on it, the report said.

The husband left the scene and took his son, the older child, with him.

About 20 minutes later Farrouk called the police who filled out a sworn statement saying her husband threw her into the wall and she denied striking him, the report said. She was then told her husband and son both told the officer that she threw herself into the wall and hit him.

“That is true. It happened like they said,” the report said she said.

She was then arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail.

Three charged with pot possession at BHS

Three people were arrested for smoking marijuana on campus at Bartow High School on March 19, the Bartow Police Department reports.

Edward Lamar Maddox Jr., 19, of 910 Ruby Ave., Bartow; Devon Larma Elliott, 18, of 701 Avenue L. SE, Winter Haven; and Martin Castillo, 18, of 4869 Cedarview Drive, Mulberry, were all charged with possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis when they were caught smoking it in a dugout on the girls softball field at the high school, police reported.

Officer Gregory Rhoden, who had received a tip from the school about the three, approached Maddox Jr. who made threats to “shoot up” the school. He was asked if he had anything on him he was not supposed to have. Maddox removed a cigar package from his pocket and advised he forgot he had that on him, police reported.

When Rhoden checked the package he saw what appeared to be a joint and he said he smelled cannabis which field tested positive for the drug, he reported.

Man charged with choking girlfriend

Glen C. Hayes, 25, was charged with battery domestic violence March 21 when he and his girlfriend got into a physical fight, the Bartow Police Department reported.

Without saying what the couple disagreed on, Hayes allegedly grabbed his girlfriend at the throat with both hands and pinned her against the wall. She scratched Hayes in the face to try to get him to let go, the police report said. When Hayes let her go she left the residence and Hayes followed her and grabbed her by the throat to try to take her back inside, the report said.

The report said Hayes took these actions to intentionally “harm the victim,” the report said.

An officer with the Bartow Police Department when he arrived noticed discoloration on the victim’s throat and also the scratches on Hayes’ face. He gave the victim a victim’s rights pamphlet and completed a notification card, he reported.

Hayes was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail.

Man threatens girlfriend with metal pipe

Sam Butler, 45, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon March 21 when he threatened his girlfriend with a metal pipe, the Bartow Police Department reported.

The girlfriend told Officer Michael Bennett that Butler took a metal pipe and threatened to knock her head off if she didn’t stop messing with him, the report said. She was not struck by the pipe and Bennett said he didn’t notice any physical injuries.

Butler was found at 3rd Avenue and East Summerlin Street, where he was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail.

Tampa murder suspect arrested in Frostproof

A suspect wanted in a Tampa Bay area murder was nabbed in Frostproof last Tuesday, March 25.

Johnson Louis, 26, was apprehended around 6:45 p.m. in a small house in an orange grove at the intersection of Scenic Highway and Banks Road, according to Janelle McGregor of the Tampa Police Department.

The suspect was wanted for a fatal shooting in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood on March 20.

Police allege that Louis fled the scene after pulling out a gun and shooting Keith Jones during a verbal dispute that took place in front of a home at 8108 N. Semmes St.

Jones was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

An intensive search for Louis led members of the U.S Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and Tampa Police homicide detectives to the rural Frostproof location, McGregor said.

After several hours of surveillance, the task force confirmed that Louis was inside a small residence in the middle of an orange grove, she said.

Louis was taken into custody without incident. Polk County Sheriff deputies assisted with the arrest and booked the suspect into the Polk County Jail where he was being held without bond, she added, charged with second-degree murder.


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