Polk County deputies arrest two Orange County teens wanted for murder

Posted at 2:03 PM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 07:03:51-05

Polk County deputies arrested two teenagers wanted in connection to a shooting at an Orange County gas station last week.

The two suspects were identified as 17-year-old Deshawn Miller and 16-year-old Jayvon Joachin.

On Saturday, a vehicle was stolen in Winter Haven, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. It later crashed in a ditch in the area of County Road 557.

The car's two occupants, identified as Miller and Joachin, suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. Both were taken into custody for multiple charges.

They are accused of fatally shooting 27-year-old Kendra Lewis at a Citgo gas station on North Pine Hills Road in Orange County December 7.

Lewis was shot in the head while sitting in a car with her 5-year-old daughter. Lewis later died of her injuries at an Orange County hospital. The child was uninjured.

"Our deputies were determined to arrest these murdering individuals that killed this mother of a five-year-old child," said Judd.

On Sunday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd held a news conference to update reporters and photographers on the arrest and investigation underway in Polk.

Judd said a handgun used in the Orange County shooting had been stolen from a Hillsborough County gun shop smash and grab in November.

On November. 29, surveillance video recorded a vehicle crash through the glass storefront of the Tampa Arms Company at 4023 W. Waters Ave. in Tampa. About 10 to 15 unknown people rushed in the business and grabbed more than 35 firearms on display then ran away.

No arrests have been made in the firearms heist.