2- Correctional Officers Charged in Winter Haven Burglary Battery, 3 More Suspects Sought by Police

POLK COUNTY, Fla.- Two have been charged with Burglary and Battery in an altercation inside of a Winter Haven apartment. Warrants have been issued for three additional people (not correctional officers) in the case.

On 9-8-2020 at approximately 1:15 a.m., Winter Haven officers responded to Briarcrest Apartments in Winter Haven involving a residential burglary. The female victim was inside of the apartment when she heard loud banging at the door and what sounded like someone trying to kick the door in.

As she approached the door, she was able to see several males outside of the door. She then saw another male taking the screen off the window in the living room.

The victim ran towards the rear of the apartment and as she turned to look towards the front door, she saw the door bust open and she saw 20-year-old Vickearia Harrieth and 22-year-old Alyssia Garza-Helms enter the apartment along with several others. (Harrieth and Garza-Helms later identified themselves as Hardee County Correctional Officers). They were both taken into custody and charged with Unarmed Burglary of Occupied Dwelling (F2) and Battery (M1). Information pertaining to their employment should be directed to the Hardee County Corrections Facility.

The group rushed in demanding to know where the victim’s boyfriend was. She told the group her boyfriend was not there, but they started going through the apartment trying to locate him.

One male, later identified as 28-year-old Lawrence Horton II, from New Port Richey, displayed a handgun throughout the incident and pushed the victim as he continued to search the apartment. Two others identified inside of the apartment include 20-year-old Marques Horton, and 32-year-old Lakeisha Brown from Davenport.

Warrants have been obtained for Lawrence Horton II (Armed Burglary with Assault), Marques Horton (Felony Battery with Prior Conviction – F3 and Burglary of Occupied Dwelling – F2), and Lakeisha Brown (Unarmed Burglary of Occupied Dwelling – F2 and Battery – M1).

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Marques, Lawrence or Lakeisha or has any further information about this incident is asked is asked to call Detective Emily Lozado at 863-595-1721.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous should call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

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