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Stephens Warrant for Shooting

Posted April 20th, 2016

WINTER HAVEN – A warrant for the arrest of a dangerous criminal who has nine felony arrests under his belt has been obtained in a recent shooting inside of an occupied dwelling. The criminal, Rosel La Michael Stephene is 14 years old.

On 4-18-16 at approximately 10 p.m., officers responded to a call from 2609 Ave. C, SW in Winter Haven regarding shots fired inside of the residence. A minor child inside of the residence had been sitting outside when he observed three juveniles approaching the area. The child went inside and shortly after heard what sounded like gunfire.

A .380 caliber shell casing was recovered along with a flattened .380 caliber bullet that went through the front wall of the property and into a utility room of the residence.

Through the investigation, witnesses in the area identified Stephens as the shooter. Based on the positive identification, Detectives obtained the warrant for his arrest.

“His prior arrests show an obvious disregard for the safety of any life and it is imperative that we take him off the street,” said Chief Charlie Bird.

The warrant for Rosel La Michael Stephene (DOB 6-27-01) is for Shooting into Dwelling, Possession of Firearm by adjudicated Felon and Possession of Firearm during the Commission of a Felony.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Stephens is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for CASH reward of up to $3,000.

Stephene Criminal History Includes:

  • Burglary (F2) 5-4-2015
  • Robbery (F2) 5-4-2015
  • Fraudulent Use of Credit Card (F3) 1-1-2014
  • Petit Theft (third offense) (F3) 1-1-2014
  • Fraudulent Use of Credit Card (F3) 11-8-2013
  • Grand Theft (F3) 11-8-2013
  • Criminal Mischief (F3) 8-14-2012
  • Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle (F3) 6-25-2012