Deputies Seek Felon in Monday’s Shootings

Polk deputies are looking for John Lugo, 29, who they say fired his gun at a passing Cadillac, wounding two passengers, Monday night in a neighborhood west of Wabash Avenue.  A disabled teen died in the incident, reportedly from a shot fired by one of the car’s passengers.
A news release issued by the Polk Sheriff’s Office this afternoon identifies the two men who were wounded and updates their conditions. Here is the news release:

PCSO deputies are continuing to investigate the shooting incident that resulted in three men shot on Monday, July 3, 2017, on Tennessee Road in the Wabash area of unincorporated Lakeland. The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. 17-year-old Jake Andrew Castillo of Tennessee Road died as a result of a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

The investigation has revealed 29-year-old John Lugo of Lakeland, fired shots at three passengers in a white Cadillac. Lugo’s gun shots struck 18-year-old Dario Trejo of Lakeland (the driver) and 24-year-old Jose Tinoco of Lakeland (front passenger). 18-year-old Christopher Garcia of Lakeland, was the back seat passenger and was not injured.

Deputies responded to the area and located Trejo and Tinoco and began performing first aid. Trejo and Tinoco were transported to LRHMC. Trejo suffered from a gunshot wound to his upper torso and was treated and released. Tinoco suffered from a gunshot wound to his lower left jaw and is in stable condition.

Soon after deputies responded, they found a shooting victim at a home on Tennessee Road.  Jake Castillo had been shot and they began life-saving measures. Castillo was transported to LRHMC and later succumbed to his injuries.

According to witnesses the white Cadillac drove past the house, turned around, and slowly approached the residence. The witnesses indicated shots were fired from both outside the home and from passengers inside the Cadillac. The Cadillac veered into a ditch a short distance from the home.

Shortly thereafter Lugo fled the scene. PCSO has issued an arrest warrant for Lugo for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Detectives are trying to locate Lugo.

“If you know where John Lugo is, or if you know have more information about what happened Monday night, please call Crime Stoppers.” -Grady Judd, Sherif.

If you have information about the shooting incident or the whereabouts of John Lugo call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), or visit www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. You must call Crime Stoppers to be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. By calling Crime Stoppers you will remain anonymous. iPhone and Droid users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install these free apps, please visit www.tipsoft.com.

Trejo has been arrested and charged with seven counts possession of Xanax (F), tampering with evidence (F), and one count possession of drug paraphernalia (M), booked into the Polk County Jail, and is being held on no bond.