LAKELAND – She was able to run, detectives say, but not hide — and it didn’t take very long to find her, either.
The woman accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend and current fiancée in a South Lakeland home is currently in custody in Alabama. One of the shooting victims, a woman, survived the attack, detectives say, because she pretended to have been killed.
Aimee Streeter, 33, was picked up around 9:45 a.m. Monday by the Huston County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama. She was taken into custody at a home at 340 Caravan Lane in Kinsey, Alabama.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the car that Streeter is believed to have left Florida in was found in the back yard of that Caravan Lane home.
In what could have been an attack prompted by jealousy and anger, Polk County detectives say that Streeter – who also goes by the name Aimee Clayton and Aimee Street – opened fire on her ex-boyfriend, Tabarri Clayton, and Janice Lucas, Clayton’s fiancée. Both victims survived the attack, although Lucas is listed as being in critical condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Donna C. Wood, the public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, said the shooting happened sometime between 9:30 and 10 p.m. on Sunday, when “Streeter ambushed Lucas as she was returning home from church. Lucas was shot multiple times and dragged into a bedroom where she pretended to be dead.”
As Lucas laid there, pretending to have been killed, Wood said, Clayton came back to the house roughly a half hour later. That was when the assault continued, Wood added.
“Streeter, still inside the house, fired at Clayton, striking him once in the back,” Wood noted in her report on this case. “Clayton ran from the house seeking help.”
After that second attack, Wood said, “Streeter fled the scene in a blue Ford Expedition with an Alabama dealer tag.”
The sheriff’s office was alerted about the shooting and deputies arrived and found Lucas inside the home. She and Clayton were transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Clayton is listed in stable condition, while Lucas remains in critical condition.
The sheriff’s office was able to track down Streeter, detectives say, in part because Streeter has a lengthy criminal arrest record out of Alabama.
Previous arrests in that state include being charged with possession of a forged instrument in 2000, assault and domestic violence in 2003, arson in 2004, theft in 2007, and assault, domestic violence and a probation violation in 2009.
As for her introduction to the Polk County criminal justice system, “This investigation is on-going,” Wood said on Tuesday.
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