HAINES CITY (FOX 13) –
A 12-hour Polk County manhunt ended with four suspects in custody after a pawn shop robbery, a home invasion that left two women dead, and a chaotic police chase.
It all started just before 6 p.m. Thursday with the robbery at a Cash America pawn shop in Auburndale. Sheriff Grady Judd described it as a “well thought-out” crime created to “terrorize people” and demand cooperation from the victims.
In video from the store’s surveillance footage, the suspects could be seen pointing rifles towards at least one of the store clerks.
After leaving the store, the sheriff said the men led officials on a chase — during which shots were fired at two deputies’ patrol cars — to the nearby Chanler Ridge subdivision.
That’s where they ditched their vehicle, a red GMC SUV, and tried to run away. A deputy K9 caught one of the suspects, 22-year-old Devonere “Devon” McCune, before he could get very far.
Deputies say the other three escaped and ended up breaking into a home on the 600 block of Astor Road.
According to the sheriff, that’s where they killed two women who lived there — a mother and daughter identified as 72-year-old Patricia Moran and 51-year-old Deborah Royal.
Officials received a call from a neighbor who said the men had broken into the women’s home. When deputies arrived, they said a car burst through the garage door in an effort to escape. Deputies fired shots and took a second suspect, Michael Gordon, into custody.
Gordon, 34, had gunshot wounds and an injury from a K9’s bite, but is expected to recover.
The sheriff asked residents to stay inside and lock their doors during the subsequent manhunt, which continued throughout the night. Deputies and officers went door to door looking for the other two suspects.
“[He said] he was the police, and asked if he could use her cell phone, and she said ‘no’ and immediately called 911,” explained the elderly woman’s sister-in-law.
The woman went on to say Lamb was wet because he and the fourth suspect, 29-year-old Terrell Williams, had been hiding underneath a pontoon boat in the lake behind the woman’s home.
After deputies responded to the home and arrested Lamb, they said they found Williams hiding under a tarp in a shed on the woman’s property. They took him into custody, officially ending the overnight manhunt.
All four men have extensive criminal records — over 60 arrests between them — and all have served prison time. They now face a slew of charges including robbery and attempted murder, but Gordon is the only one charged with first-degree murder.
Sheriff Judd said afterwards that he was pleased that all four suspects were taken into custody, but insisted his deputies were prepared for another outcome.
“If you surrender peacefully, that’s the way we prefer it,” he said. “But if start you pointing guns at us, you can not only plan on, but you can guarantee we’re gonna shoot you.”
—Courtesy of Top Conservative News