Lakeland police are appealing to the public to help identify a suspect in the Jan. 22 homicide of Roderick Childs, 55, in his apartment at 929 Gilmore Ave. The suspect is described as “a light-skinned black male, approximately 6-foot, 130 pounds, with twist/dreads, and is approximately 25-30 years of age.” Anyone with info is asked to contact please contact Detective Tim McDonald at 834-8955 or Childs owned Victory Bedding on George Jenkins Boulevard; friends told Bay News 9 he often gave discounts to people needing help.

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