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Lake Wales Woman Wakes To Burglar In Her Bedroom

Lake Wales Police Press Release

Lake Wales Police Detectives made an arrest yesterday in the July 2nd burglary where an intruder burglarized a home occupied by a sleeping juvenile. Detectives arrested Marvell Mario Parkinson, age 19, of Lake Wales after matching his fingerprints to those recovered from the crime scene. Polk County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene personnel had assisted on the day of the incident and submitted latent prints they recovered to their Identification Section. Additionally, Detectives located shoes at Parkinson’s residence that matched the description given by the victim. The soles of those shoes also matched impressions recovered from the scene following the burglary. Parkinson refused to speak with police following his arrest; but the homeowners and witness said they did not know him and had never invited him to their home before.

This is not Parkinson’s first run in with the law. In 2017, police arrested him for grand theft auto, burglary to a dwelling, burglary to an unoccupied structure, criminal mischief, petit theft and resisting arrest. The Lake Wales Police Department hopes the victim can now rest a little easier knowing the suspect is off the street and in jail where he belongs.

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Lake Wales Police Department Press Release

On July 2, 2018 at approximately 9:30am Lake Wales Police Officers were dispatched to 334 D St for an in progress burglary. The victim stated she woke up and saw a man standing behind her dresser trying to unplug the television. When she asked him what he was doing, he replied “my uncle told me to get my phone”, and then exited out the back door of the residence. The victim stated as she exited the front of the house she saw the suspect standing in the front yard and he tried to engage her in conversation. At that point, the victim ran back into the house and noticed the kitchen window shattered, she grabbed a knife, and ran to get help.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’7”, short hair, wearing a white hat, partial facial hair, white t-shirt with red and blue stripes, acid washed shorts, and red, white, and blue Air Jordan shoes.

The victim met with a Lakeland Police Department Forensic artist who completed this composite sketch of the suspect. If you have information on the identity of the suspect please contact Detective Metz at (863) 678-4223 extension 265 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477.

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