Lakeland man wanted in Polk murder arrested


Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 6:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 6:08 p.m.

A Lakeland man wanted in connection with the murder and armed robbery of a 70-year-old man in Polk County on Sept. 22 was located in Union County and arrested on Friday.

Walter “Tank” Morrison, 31, and an unknown accomplice are believed by law enforcement to have entered 4230 Highway 60, Mulberry, at 12:20 a.m. on Sept. 22. One of the men reportedly hit Casiano Hernandez, 70, on the head with a handgun. Hernandez later died. Two other residents were also attacked, but deputies did not report serious injuries. According to deputy reports, Morrison and the other man, who remains unidentified, took property and money from the home and left.

A stolen vehicle, that deputies believe was driven by Morrison, was discovered on Friday in a remote, wooded area in the southwest corner of Union County.

Bloodhounds from the Department of Corrections Medical Center, Lake Butler, Suwannee, Baker and Union correctional institutions tracked the scent from the abandoned vehicle for hours, deputies said. Morrison was discovered and arrested without incident by Union County sheriff’s investigators and deputies along with Department of Corrections and Florida Wildlife Officers.

Morrison was booked into the Union County jail on warrants from Polk County of first-degree murder, burglary and battery. He is being held without bond.

Morrison is a former Union County resident and has a past history of convictions, including attempted homicide, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, aggravated assault and robbery.

Polk County deputies continue to search for the second man, deputies said.

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