Wasp Judd said this is what investigators believe happened: Tillman arrived at the lake first to meet his friends for “night fishing for catfish. His father rushed to the fishing spot about 10 minutes away, but forgot his cellphone in the hurry to help his son.
He drove to a nearby convenience store, and the clerk helped him reach authorities, but by the time they arrived, Rollins had died. He also did not say whether authorities have identified any suspects, but noted that his department is offering a $5,000 for any information leading to the capture of the killers.
The fatal shootings last week of three fishing buddies on a Florida roadside arose from an overheard comment in a dollar store, the sheriff said in announcing the arrest of the suspected killer. (Polk County Sheriff’s Office) The killings of the young men Friday night near the town of Frost proof made national news.
Rollins’ father drove to the lake where the men had planned to fish and found his son shot, along with friends Damion Tillman, 23, and Keven Springfield, 30. A key clue in the arrest was found in Tillman’s pickup truck: a Dollar General bag and a receipt from the store dated Friday night.
When sheriff’s deputies reviewed the surveillance video from the store, they saw Tillman talking with a clerk as he made his purchases. In line behind him was someone the deputies knew well: TJ Wiggins, a man with a long rap sheet and a violent reputation in the town.
Wiggins was initially arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the sheriff’s office said. Eventually, Robert Wiggins told investigators of the chance sighting at the Dollar General and the subsequent events.
Judd said Wednesday he didn’t know the details of TJ Wiggins’ claim about the alleged stolen truck “The only information we have is TJ is allegedly mad over some kind of truck deal that happened some period of time ago,” the sheriff said.
After the killings, the suspects drove to a McDonald’s, where they ordered 10 double cheeseburgers and two chicken sandwiches, and went home to eat, the sheriff’s office said. Store surveillance video showed her making the purchase accompanied by TJ Wiggins, according to the sheriff’s office.
Judd said Saturday that the men were beaten and shot late Friday night near the city of Frost proof after the suspects followed one of the victims from a Dollar General store. Judd said Tillman had stopped into a local Dollar General Store before heading to the lake.
The initial investigation showed that around 10:06 p.m. Friday, Rollins called his dad and said “Help. “ But all of that came to a crashing halt when we found these people and these victims massacred,” Judd said.
(Watch the Polk County Sheriff’s Office press conference below) On Monday, detectives found the suspects living in a family compound of camper trailers not far from the murder scene.
After executing a search warrant, detectives found two Asks rifles, two Moss berg shotguns, and ammunition for both in a gun safe belonging to TJ Wiggins. William “Robert” Wiggins admitted to seeing Tillman, one of the victims, in the Dollar General store on Friday evening while they stood in line.
Wiggins told police that when the trio left the store, TJ directed Robert, who was driving, to turn onto a particular road. Damion Tillman got out of his vehicle, and TJ continued to scream at all of them, Robert told police.
After the brutal killings, the three suspects drove to McDonald’s, where they ordered 10 double cheeseburgers, and two Chicken sandwiches. On Saturday morning, Robert took the truck he was driving to a car wash in Lake Wales to get the clay from the road off of it.
Neither Tony TJ Wiggins nor Mary Whitmore are cooperating with detectives, Judd said. As Tillman was buying items at the Dollar General Store, he mentioned to the clerk that he was going fishing and meeting a friend named Keven, according to Robert.
You sold the engine out of my truck.” Detectives said information they have is that Keven continued to say he did not know what the man was talking about. Judd said the only piece of information that investigators “are digging into” is TJ’s ranting about the stolen engine.
Whitmore, TJ’s girlfriend, was seen in video surveillance buying ammunition on July 9, 2021. Ammunition seized at the trailer was compared to shell casings found at the scene of the triple homicide.
That ammunition was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (File) lab for testing. “The folks who lost their loved ones that night are poor people,” Judd said.
A Florida man made a rare catch last month when he snagged a 10-foot-long hammerhead shark on his line off Daniel Island.
Lopez hadn’t cast his line very far as he was simply just trying to test out his new $200 pole he picked up from Facebook Marketplace, according to WZ VN, an ABC affiliated station serving Fort Myers. After the battle was over, Lopez took a quick photo and immediately began releasing the shark allowing it to return to the Gulf for rest.