Violence, vandalism fill Lakeland’s October crime report

Lakeland crime map, October 2014

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) reported the following incidents in Lakeland during October, including a spree of BB gun damage to car windows, thefts, an angry fight over facial cleanser and death threats over who could eat the last cinnamon bun.

Editor’s note: All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and values are estimated for stolen/damaged items. These are brief summaries of detailed SCSO reports.

Lakeland crimes, incident table, October 2014

Oct. 2

Stewart Road (simple assault/domestic violence)

Lakeland crime incidents, October 2014A woman on the 9000 block of Stewart Road said her boyfriend assaulted her between midnight and 1:20 a.m. Oct. 2. The two argued after leaving TJ Mulligan’s, and he hit her with the back of his hand and put her out of his vehicle at U.S. 64 and U.S. 70. After a threat to call the police, the man forced her back into the vehicle and drove to his home, where her vehicle was parked.

She tried to call 911, but he took her phone away and ran over it with his vehicle. She drove home, with him following, and at the residence he kicked the front security door and damaged the glass.

The woman’s son saw the altercation and called 911. The suspect drove ruts in the woman’s yard and left. The responding officers didn’t observe any injuries to the woman.

Old Trail Cove (aggravated assault/domestic violence)

A woman reported that her boyfriend had verbally abused and physically assaulted his daughter at a home on the 3200 block of Old Trail Cove around 2 a.m. Oct. 2. The daughter said her dad was upset about a table left outside in the back yard, and she locked herself in the bathroom to get away from her father.

He tried to knock the door down, so she opened it, and he got in her face, swearing at her. She pushed him away, and he slapped her several times in the face and knocked her to the floor, both the daughter and girlfriend said. The daughter left the house and headed for a friend’s house in Mississippi.

The girlfriend said her boyfriend was upset that she took the daughter’s side. While they argued, he cocked a handgun, told her, “You’re gonna see,” and fired a single shot into the bedroom’s ceiling. She ran outside to hide until deputies arrived. They confiscated the weapon.

Some deputies pulled the father over as he attempted to drive away. The deputies observed that the man had bloodshot eyes, the odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and a tendency to stumble/stagger when standing. They could not conduct a standardized field sobriety test because of a flight risk. The man consented to be tested by a Whiskey Unit that came to the scene, and he performed poorly.

He refused a blood draw, so deputies obtained a blood search warrant and took the man to the Shelby County Jail at 201 Poplar, Memphis. Deputies captured both audio and video during the incident.

Oct. 3


Canada Road (felony vandalism)

While on routine patrol at the Factory Outlet Mall around 12:40 a.m. Oct. 3, a deputy noticed that someone had shattered two glass doors and left a third door unsecured. He called the mall property manager to the scene. The mall’s security officer said the mall was fine when he last checked it at 11:20 p.m. Oct. 2.

A search of the building revealed that someone had broken a large window inside of Old Time Pottery, leading to the rest of the mall. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. The security officer said the window was intact when he left the mall at 3 p.m. Oct. 2. The total damage was estimated at $1,500.

Interstate 40 (simple assault)

A woman said a black man she knows only as Adam or Qaz was supposed to be giving her a ride to her North Memphis home shortly after 11 p.m. Oct. 3, but she noticed he was traveling eastbound on I-40 instead of westbound.

She jumped out of the car as it was in motion, and he pulled over and tried to force her back into the vehicle. She fought him off but suffered scratches to her right shoulder. She walked to the Waffle House on Canada Road, where she contacted deputies. A deputy took her to Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. The suspect was not on scene when the deputies arrived.

E. Stewart Forest Road (stalking/domestic violence)

A woman on the 6700 block of East Stewart Forest Road reported on Oct. 3 that her ex-boyfriend has been stalking her since she gave birth to their child seven months ago. Around 10 p.m. on the night of the report, her ex stopped by her house while she was speaking to a male friend in her driveway, and the ex texted her saying that he saw her.

The ex then walked up and looked in the male friend’s vehicle. The woman told her friend to leave before the ex could block him in the driveway.

The victim said she no longer feels safe leaving her home. For months, her ex has sent her texts, saying he is watching her and threatening her not to bring other men around their baby. She has seen him parked here her house on several occasions, and the ex calls and texts her repeatedly late at night, asking to come over and for her to call him. She has told the man to stay away from her, but he has persisted.

Oct. 4

Gillespie Oak Drive (simple assault/domestic violence)

A mother on the 10100 block of Gillespie Oak Drive reported her daughters, ages 17 and 15, for their afternoon spat over prescription facial cleanser on Oct. 4. It began as a verbal argument and escalated into pushing, shoving and hair pulling.

he older daughter ran out of the house because she feared the altercation would get worse. The younger daughter said her sister grabbed her first in the fight.

Neither girl needed medical attention or had visible marks.

Oct. 6

Woodland Grove Drive (theft from motor vehicle)

Someone broke into a man’s Toyota Highlander on the 9900 block of Woodland Grove Drive sometime between 10 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6 a.m. Oct. 6. The victim said the cameras on his home security system were not working at the time.

Items stolen included a billfold containing two debit cards and his driver’s license, as well as two handguns. The weapons were a Ruger 9 mm pistol (model 03200, valued at $500) and an irreplaceable .22 pistol given to him by his father. The victim said he didn’t hear any disturbance overnight and had no suspect information.

Officers did not observe any damage to the vehicle, and they lifted five partial prints from the driver’s door and passenger front seat door. A dispatcher entered the Ruger’s serial number into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

Woodland Grove Drive (theft from motor vehicle))

Someone also broke into a man’s red Ford Ranger pickup further down on Woodland Grove Drive (the 10000 block) between 10 p.m. Oct. 5 and 9 a.m. Oct. 6. His wife reported that someone stole a briefcase ($100) containing his work files.

Oct. 7

Kaki Lane (intimidation/domestic violence)

A divorcing couple who live on the 9400 block of Kaki Lane got into an intense argument on Oct. 7 when she returned from work and found all of her belongings thrown onto the floor of a spare bedroom, and multiple items were broken. The wife confronted her husband and his sister, who were sitting in the living room, and told the sister to get out of her house.

The sister refused to leave, got in her face, and threatened violence. The husband assured his wife the sister would get violent. Then the husband and his sister both yelled at the wife and threatened her.

The wife called the Sheriff’s Office and hid behind the bedroom door. The husband’s sister was gone by the time officers arrived. The victim said the two intimidate her and she fears they will try to hurt her in the future. The husband left the scene and said he will call the Sheriff’s Office if he needs to return to the residence.

Oct. 8

Ace Drive (motor vehicle theft/passenger vehicle)

Someone stole a man’s car from the parking lot of the Champion Hills apartments at Stonebridge (9200 block of Ace Drive) overnight on Oct. 7. The victim last saw his 2012 Chevy Camaro ($27,000) around 9:45 p.m. on Oct. 7. It was missing by 6:15 a.m. when he tried to leave for work.

The victim said he left a spare set of keys in the glove compartment and might have left the vehicle unlocked. The car had minor paint damage on the front driver’s side bumper (the previous white/gray paint was present). The car’s information was entered into the NCIC database.

Also stolen was a blue Nike golf bag containing Taylor-Made and Callaway drivers and irons ($800).

Salem Road (misdemeanor vandalism)

An unknown suspect drove a green four-wheeler through the front yard of a property on the 6400 block of Salem Road on Oct. 8. The responding officer saw very minor damage to the grass, which was laid over as if a lawn mower had been driven through the yard. The victim said the suspect left headed north on Salem Road.

Canada Road (prescription forgery)

A woman reported on Oct. 10 that she received an email on Oct. 1, letting her know her prescription was ready for pickup at the Walgreen’s at 2960 Canada Road, Lakeland. She called the location and told a pharmacist she had not been to the doctor or dropped off any prescription.

The medicine was a controlled substance, and the prescription was from the office of Dr. Marcia Bowden Internal Medicine. The victim said she’s not a patient of Bowden’s. The pharmacist confirmed that the office has video of who submitted the prescription to be filled.

When the victim went to the doctor’s office on Oct. 2, the doctor would not speak with her, but the office manager did. The office manager said he would file a police report on the incident, but as of Oct. 10 the victim had not been contacted by the police department.

The responding officer checked with a pharmacist at the Walgreen’s location, who said they have received multiple fake prescriptions from that medical practice. For that reason, the pharmacy checks with Bowden’s office every time they receive one of Bowden’s prescriptions.

Oct. 12

Canabridge Drive (simple assault/domestic violence)

A woman who lives on Canabridge Drive reported that her husband physically assaulted her around 12:30 a.m. Oct. 12. She said it began with an argument while driving home from a basketball game. Her husband put her out of the car near Union Avenue and Cleveland Street but returned to pick her up again about 20 minutes later. The argument intensified.

She said when they got home he pushed her, and she thinks she hit her head on the bathroom door jamb. Her head hurt, and she was unsure how she got a knot on the back of her head. She drove herself to the Saint Francis – Bartlett hospital rather than calling police.

The officer who responded to hospital noticed a deep gash on her left eyebrow and blood spatter on her face, hands and feet. He also noted that the woman had a strong odor of alcohol and could not remember how much she had to drink, but that both she and her husband had been drinking earlier that day. She refused the offer of transportation to a safe location pending her hospital release.

Officers followed up at the couple’s home. The husband said his wife was mad because he took another woman to a basketball game earlier in the year. He said he put her out of their truck because she kept hitting him in the head with a shoe, but he returned to get her. He admitted that they both had been drinking too much.

At home, he pushed her when she tried to assault him in the bathroom, and he believes she stumbled and hit her head because she was so drunk. He looked at her head injury and advised her to go to the doctor, and then he laid down and went to sleep until the officers arrived at their home.

Officers observed a deep cut that was still bleeding on the right side of the husband’s head, and they could smell a strong odor of alcohol on him. He refused medical treatment.

One of their sons drove the woman to another son’s house.

Oct. 13

Juniper Creek Cove (other larceny/access device)

A man on the 10400 block of Juniper Creek Cove reported on Oct. 13 that someone stole money from his daughter’s checking account. She suspects that two friends took her debit card and withdrew the money after spending the night at her home on Oct. 9.

The victim said her friends came in around midnight and then used her car around 7 a.m. Oct. 9 without her permission while she slept, and the debit card was in her vehicle. At noon that day, her bank advised her that someone had made several withdrawals from her account.

Two charges for $300 and $63 were denied because the user did not provide the right personal identification number (PIN). Within five minutes, someone then successfully withdrew $63, $103, $203 and $33. The victim has since closed that checking account.

She has text messages from one of the suspects denying that he took the money but promising to pay her back.

Woodland Bend Drive (simple assault/domestic violence)

A woman reported that her son hurt her when they argued on Oct. 13 about evicting his girlfriend. He called between 3:30 p.m. and about 4 p.m., saying he wanted the girlfriend moved out. The mother arrived, prepared to put the girlfriend’s personal belongings in a bag, but the son said he’d changed his mind. He and his mother argued, and he got upset.

The mother said he grabbed her wrist, took away a cell phone she was holding and threw it to the floor, damaging the phone. She said her son and his girlfriend then left the residence, and she didn’t know where they went.

Maritime Drive (forcible fondling)

An officer responded to Maritime Drive at 5:40 p.m. Oct. 13 regarding a forcible fondling complaint. No other details about the case have been publicly released.

Oct. 14

Yukon Drive (non-residential burglary)

A Memphis police officer reported on Oct. 14 that someone stole his handheld Motorola radio and Safariland ballistic vest from his vehicle’s trunk. He said he parks in his driveway when at home on the 3100 block of Yukon Drive, and he is unsure of when or where the items were taken.

The vehicle had no signs of forced entry, and he said he wasn’t sure he had locked the vehicle. He could not provide the serial number of his radio and the exact model of his vest.

Oct. 16

Wood Green Lane (theft from motor vehicle)

A resident from the 9600 block of Wood Green Lane reported on Oct. 16 that her daughter had noticed her wallet was missing the previous morning from the console of the family’s Ford Escape. She said a Circle K gas station attendant also reported seeing two suspicious black males approach the station’s dumpster and throw something in it, which turned out to be her daughter’s purse.

The woman found that the purse was missing the daughter’s Tennessee driver’s license, a bank debit card and various other items. She replaced the driver’s license and canceled the debit card, which had a $40 unauthorized charge on it.

The daughter also found several other items belonging to a different person in the purse, including his Nike employee ID and a MasterCard debit card. Those items have since been returned, and the man is filing a separate report with the Memphis Police Department.

There may be video evidence of the purse disposal, the Circle K employee said.

Oct. 17

Davies Plantation Road (theft of other trailer)

Someone stole a Boy Scout troop’s utility trailer from a parking lot behind St. Paul Church (2949 Davies Plantation Road), a man reported on Oct. 17. The trailer contained more than 250 items, including tents, sleeping bags, propane tanks, dutch ovens and other camping supplies. The trailer was locked, and a piece of the lock was found on the ground nearby. The trailer’s serial number was entered into the NCIC database.

Huff N Puff (simple assault/domestic violence)

An altercation at the Super 8 motel (9779 Huff N Puff) left a woman with facial injuries and a hole in the motel wall close to midnight on Oct. 17. The woman said her boyfriend was upset after an altercation with someone else. She and a male companion were trying to calm him down, but he got more upset, striking her and the wall. The male companion warned the boyfriend not to touch her again, and the two men fought.

The boyfriend fled but returned while the responding officers were still on scene. He had bruising around his right eye and scratches on his chest and back. A deputy found him to be the main aggressor, charged him with simple assault and domestic violence, had him checked out by Regional One Health in Memphis and took him to the county jail (201 Poplar Ave., Memphis).

Oct. 19

Three Iron Drive (other theft/non-specific)

A man reported that he had left some of his son’s belongings on his apartment doorstep on Oct. 13, but the items were missing by Oct. 19. Items stolen included an Xbox One ($400), 12 Xbox One games ($720 total), two pair of Nike Air Jordans ($400 total) and miscellaneous articles of clothing ($300). There were no suspects at the time the report was filed.

Oct. 20

Huff N Puff (theft from semi-trailer)

Someone attempted to break into a semi-trailer parked on the vacant lot next to the Super 8 motel (9779 Huff N Puff) overnight on Oct. 19. The driver said he parked in the lot at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 and found one of the rear doors open at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 20.

Two of the trailer’s boxes of IV bags had been opened, and one IV bag was lying on the floor of the trailer near the door. There was no lock on the trailer, so the entrance did not appear forced, but the seal was missing.

A technician took photos and fingerprints at the scene. There were cameras on the Super 8 property next to the lot, but they didn’t cover the lot. Cameras on Motel 6 across the street were not working. There was no other suspect or witness information.

Woodland Hills (misdemeanor vandalism)

Someone vandalized a man’s Dodge Grand Caravan on the 10200 block of Woodland Hills the night of Oct. 20. The rear window and three side windows were shot, possibly by a pellet gun.

A witness said she heard the shots and saw a large black pickup racing away. She said the vehicle might have been a 2008-2010 Chevy or GMC extended cab or crew cab truck, and the driver might have been a white man.

Woodland Hills (misdemeanor vandalism)

Someone vandalized another vehicle, a Mazda 6, on the 10200 block of Woodland Hills the night of Oct. 20. This owner advised that the front driver’s side window was broken, possibly by a pellet gun and possibly related to eight other vandalism reports.

Oct. 21

Fir Hill Drive North (misdemeanor vandalism)

Someone broke the driver’s side window of a car parked on the 9300 block of Fir Hill Drive North around 6:25 p.m. Oct. 21. The vehicle, a blue Nissan Sentra, was parked facing west in front of the owner’s house.

Canada Road (felony vandalism)

Someone broke two vehicles’ windows ($1,500) on the 4000 block of Canada Road, the owner reported the morning of Oct. 21. The damages included a rear window for a 2007 Honda Odyssey minivan and the driver’s side window of a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. It appeared that a BB gun was used.

Kingsridge Drive (felony vandalism)

Someone broke a car window ($500) in the 9600 block of Kingsridge Drive overnight on Oct. 20, the owner reported the next day. The Chrysler Sebring was intact around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, and the owner found the front driver’s side window was shattered around 10 a.m. Oct. 21. The window had a small BB-sized hole in the center of the glass, and the car was parked on the street.

Ace Drive (simple assault/domestic violence)

A woman reported on Oct. 21 that her roommate bruised her when she tried to pick up her property at their apartment around 9 p.m. Oct. 17. She said the roommate grabbed her, restrained her and took her phone away so she could not dial 911.

The victim described their relationship as abusive, said they had lived together for two years and she was now afraid of this person. She said she just wanted to get her property and move on. The responding officer noticed multiple bruises on the victim’s arms.

The roommate was not on scene at the time of the report.

El Hill Drive (intimidation/domestic violence)

A man on the 9500 block of El Hill Drive reported on Oct. 21 that his stepson had been threatening to harm him for the past two days. The stepson reportedly threatened him with a beating after arguing over who was going to eat the last cinnamon roll on Oct. 20.

The man said the threats carried over to the next day, with the stepson calling the man’s wife and saying he was going to kill his stepfather when he gets of work. The victim took the threat seriously and said he fears for his life.

Canada Road (misdemeanor vandalism)

A man reported that someone vandalized his company car, a white Chevrolet Malibu, while it was parked in front of his home on the 4000 block of Canada Road. The car was undamaged when he locked it around 6 p.m. Oct. 20.

He drove to work around 7 a.m. the next morning and didn’t notice the damage until around 5:30 p.m. There was a small indention on the rear driver’s side window trim ($100). When he got home, he found a BB on the ground where his car had been parked.

Oct. 25

Dylan Drive (simple assault/domestic violence)

A woman dialed 911 after she woke to find her boyfriend performing a sexual act on her while she was asleep at his home on Dylan Drive around 1 a.m. on Oct. 25. She yelled that she and their 10-month-old son were leaving.

She said her boyfriend tried to block her path and pleaded with her to stay. When she moved around him, he grabbed her neck in a chokehold and held her that way for several seconds before she broke free. Once outside with her cell phone, she called 911 for help.

She said her boyfriend calmed down and let her back in to gather her belongings and their son after she made the call. She was placing her son in a car seat when the first officer arrived. She had no visible injuries and said she didn’t need medical attention, victim’s services or transportation to a safe place.

The boyfriend emerged from the house while officers were still on scene. He admitted that they had argued but denied any physical assault. Officers then took him into custody for a domestic violence assault and transported him to the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar Ave., Memphis.

Barley Mills Road (simple assault/domestic violence)

A resident on the 9300 block of Barley Mills Road reported that his stepdaughter assaulted him around 3 p.m. on Oct. 25. He said he and his wife were arguing with the stepdaughter when she got upset and hit him in the face with a closed fist 12-15 times. He just stood there and took it, he said.

He felt a sharp pain under his left ear after the final strike. His wife and stepdaughter left afterward, and he drove to Saint Francis – Bartlett for medical attention. The man’s face had no visible injuries, but a registered nurse said he had a broken nose.

Oct. 27

Kings Bridge Cove (residential burglary)

A man on the 9600 block of Kings Bridge Cove noticed that his Craftsman weed trimmer was stolen from his garage between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 27. His wife said she left the garage open when she left around 10:30 a.m.

Trotter Drive (residential burglary)

A man said someone kicked in the west door of his house on the 9500 block of Trotter Drive between Oct. 25 and Oct. 27 and stole several items.

Breckenridge Cove (simple assault/domestic violence)

A man on the 9000 block of Breckenridge Cove said his girlfriend assaulted him after he broke up with her over the phone on Oct. 27. After the call, she showed up at his house, and he agreed to talk with her in his garage, where she got angry. He told her to leave, and she refused, saying she wanted to come inside the house. He told her to leave again, and she hit him in the face several times before she left, saying, “Now you have a reason to hate me.”

The responding officer observed a small amount of swelling and bruising on the man’s face, but he declined all medical treatment and transportation.

Oct. 30

Maritime Drive (motor vehicle theft/passenger vehicle)

A woman on the 9800 block of Maritime Drive said she noticed the driver’s side door was ajar on her tan Buick Rendezvous the morning of Oct. 30.

When she tried to crank the car, her key would not go into the ignition, and she noticed that the steering column was damaged. She said no items were missing from the vehicle.

Oct. 31

North Fir Hill Drive (misdemeanor vandalism)

Someone vandalized a truck on the 9300 block of North Fir Hill Drive between 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Oct. 31. The owner said someone shattered the driver’s side window of his truck with a BB gun.