‘Person of interest’ in Winter Haven deaths now in custody

Polk County

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) – A “person of interest” in the shooting deaths of two women in Winter Haven is now in custody, according to police.

Antonio Jamar Davis, 35, turned himself into police in Lakeland on Sunday night.

According to Winter Haven police, Davis had an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and batter in Lakeland, which was unrelated to the case.

He threw a plastic chair and pointed a gun at somebody, according to the arrest affidavit.

“He turned himself in because he had warrants for his arrest and he probably already knew that we were thinking about talking to him because he knows the victims,” said Jamie Brown, public information officer at the Winter Haven Police Department. “He knew we were making a list of people that we needed to talk to. He was on the list.”

Police said he was also wanted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he allegedly brandished a gun at another Winter Haven home and threatened to use it on Aug. 28.

He was booked into the Polk County Jail Monday morning on the warrant charges.

Davis is considered a person of interest in the killings of 23-year-old Chanel Zhane Brown and 42-year-old Latoya Dimitria Owens, who was a grandmother.

The two women were found shot to death at a home on Avenue V Northwest on Sunday morning.

“She’s always smiling, she keep a smile on her face even though she’s mad. I’m hurt right now,” said Darrel Miller, Owens’ son. “If anybody out there got mothers, ya’ll better love them because you never know when they’re going to be gone.”

“She loved everybody. She had the biggest heart, the biggest smile,” said Shawanda Knight, Chanel Brown’s mother. “She never held grudges. She forgave easily, quickly. She was just a social butterfly.”

Police believe the shooting happened between 11 p.m. the night before and 9:30 a.m. that day.

“His name just kept coming up. So we wanted to find him,” said Jamie Brown, with Winter Haven PD, about why Davis is a person of interest. “We wanted to speak to him, just see if he had anything to do with it. He is familiar with the victims so we just wanted to talk to him.”

Anyone with information regarding their deaths is encouraged to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

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