Lakeland man arrested after robbing stores, throwing mone and threatening to kill employees

Posted at 1:49 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 14:01:26-05

A Lakeland man was arrested after police say he robbed a store, threw money into the air, threatened to kill employees, then passed out.

Shavenski Green, 40, began his crime spree at the Save-A-Lot at 2021 George Jenkins Blvd. in Lakeland. Officials say he entered the store on Tuesday evening, reached over the counter as the clerk was assisting customers and grabbed cash from the drawer.

The as he was quickly walking towards the exit, he unexpectedly sat down on a display stack of bottled water and threw the money in the air. Another employee tried to grab the money but was pushed away. Green grabbed some money off the floor and left the store.

After that he walked into Subway asking for water, where he was "acting crazy" and threatening to kill employees. They asked him to leave, so he did and headed to CVS.

At CVS, Green took a coke and opened it without paying. Employees said he was speaking loudly and belligerently. They described him as being disheveled and possibly chemically impaired. He left the store, but then returned to grab several items of make-up, again without paying.

Later on, Green was spotted by officers in the intersection of Wabash Ave. and George Jenkins Blvd. Police say he sat down on the median and wasn't answering any questions.

One officer stood behind him to keep him from getting up, at which point Green grabbed the officer's leg and resisted arrest. More officers came to help, and Green was shot with a Taser. After being handcuffed, he continued to resist by turning over, screaming and not listening to officers' commands.

Af that point, officers were searching his pockets and noticed he had stopped breathing and was unresponsive. They immediately began life saving measures including AED and CPR. Paramedics arrived and transported him to Lakeland Regional Health where he is in stable condition.




Green has been charged with robbery and resisting arrest with violence. He also has a prior criminal record which includes 20 felonies and 34 misdemeanors.