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Arrest Made In Home Invasion


LAKELAND - Polk County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested the second suspect in a home invasion that took place Friday night.

During the attempted robbery, the victim shot and killed one of two burglars who forced their way inside. The second man fled.

Authorities believe that was Elvin Tolliver, whom they arrested today.

The second suspect fled, and authorities are asking the public’s help in finding him. If he is found, he faces charges of second-degree murder officials say because he participated in a crime in which a death occurred, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Smokay.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, Polk County deputies responded to an in-progress armed home invasion at 545 Timberlane W., Apt. B, Smokay said. Two armed men entered the home demanding money and jewelry from the occupants.

When a burglar entered the bedroom, one of the occupants shot the man once with a shotgun, Smokay said. The man collapsed outside the home and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a mask and gloves.

She identified the dead man as James McArthur Johnson Jr., 31, of 534 Timberlane W., Apt. D.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or the sheriff’s office at (863) 533-0344.

Reporter Mike Wells can be reached at (813) 657-4534 or mwells@tampatrib.com.



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