WINTER HAVEN – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding two men who are suspects in armed robberies in Winter Haven and Auburndale.
Robbery detectives with the sheriff’s office are hoping for tips that help them locate Gabrielle “Gabe” Drayton and his younger brother, Frankie Webster. There are Polk County warrants out now for their arrests.
Carrie Eleazer, public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, noted in her arrest report that on Monday, Feb. 27, deputies got a call that two men – later identified as Drayton and Webster — robbed two other men of their money and personal belongings at gunpoint near James and Dairy Roads in Auburndale, “after arranging a meeting with the men to buy marijuana from them.”
After meeting up, “Drayton and Webster then forced the men to drive them to one of the victim’s houses to get more money and marijuana from them,” Eleazer noted. “When they arrived at the house on 22nd Street NW in Winter Haven, one of the victims fled and Drayton fired his gun at him. The victim was not injured and was able to flee the scene.”
The other victim, she noted, was “held down at gunpoint by Webster.”
The victim was forced by the two suspects, at gunpoint, to drive to a Wal-Mart store on Berkley Road in Auburndale, where they kicked the victim out of the car and then fled the scene. The car was later recovered.
Drayton, 19, of 414 Senate St. in Auburndale, is described as a black man who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, while Webster, 14, who lives at the same address, is described as a black man who is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.
There are warrants out for both suspects, who, once arrested, will be charged with armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, and felony attempted murder.
“They are to be considered armed and dangerous,” Eleazer said.
Anyone with information about the two suspects or the armed robbery, or who knows the whereabouts of Drayton or Webster, is being urged to call the Polk County Sheriff’s Robbery Unit at 863-298-6379.
Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 can call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). These calls can be made anonymously.
iPhone and Droid users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install these free apps, visit www.tipsoft.com.
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