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Release Number: 09-332   (09-340)

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

December 7, 2009    (update Dec. 12, 2009)

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060



























































Algernon Maurice West, DOB 10-3-83

820 Texas Avenue North

Lakeland, FL


CHARGES: Attempted First Degree Murder

On Friday December 18, 2009 Algernon West was captured in Las Vegas Nevada.

West was arrested by Las Vegas Police after he was seen Jay Walking. Once arrested, West provided a false name to the arresting officer, however West was fingerprinted at jail and his true identity was discovered.


Officers showed West the Wal-Mart video and his response was "Well if it were you, you would have lied too", West is currently being held in the Clark County Jail with no bond. HCSO Detectives will begin the extradition process to bring West back to Hillsborough County to face his charges which could take up to 30 days.




Victims:  Loss Prevention Officers


James R. Powell,  Brandon


Kimberly Price,  Seffner




Algernon Maurice West,  DOB 10-3-83  (Warrant issued)

820 Texas Avenue North

Lakeland, FL

Description:  black male,  6’, 178 lbs, brown hair and eyes.


Eunessa Suzanne Lawson,  DOB 11-1-77

3437 Cardinal Feather Drive


Charges:  Grand Theft

                  Uttering a Forged Instrument

                  Resisting Arrest

                  Obstructing or Opposing an Officer

                  False name to Law Enforcement

                  Uttering a Forced Instrument (VOP – Polk County)

                  Obstructing or Opposing an Officer (VOP – Polk County)


Attempted Murder


December 4, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.



11110 Causeway Blvd,





















Deputies are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect listed above – Algernon Maurice West.  West is wanted in connection with a battery of Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officer Kimberly Price.


On December 4, 2009 the suspects (Eunessa Lawson and Algernon West) entered the Wal-Mart at 11110 Causeway Blvd. and attempted to purchase an $898.00 laptop using checks stolen from a burglary in Lakeland.  When the suspects were asked for identification, they began to make a disturbance and loss prevention walked them to the front of the store to talk to them.  When loss prevention again asked for their identification, Algernon West fled out the door with loss prevention officer, Kimberly Price pursuing him in an attempt to get a vehicle tag number.  Suspect Eunessa Lawson struck loss prevention officer, James Powell who able to detain her inside the store.   Price chased West through the parking lot where West entered a Black Chevrolet Avalanche pick up truck.  West pulled out of his parking space, turned toward the victim (Price) and intentionally struck her.  After she fell to the ground, West ran over her with both right side tires.  The victim was transported to Tampa General Hospital.


Anyone with any information reference the whereabouts of Algernon West is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.



Eunessa Lawson                    Algernon West