Double homicide suspect in custody following Polk County standoff

Man also wanted on warrant out of Greene County, Tennessee, deputies say


POLK COUNTY, Fla. – The Polk County Sheriff's Office said a man wanted in connection with a double homicide has been taken into custody following a standoff.

The Sheriff's Office said a manhunt was underway Monday night for 35-year-old Stanley Mossburg, also known as "Woo Woo." He was wanted on a warrant for first-degree murder out of Greene County, Tennessee. 


Stanley "Woo Woo” Mossburg Arrested

Sheriff Judd is briefing the media this morning with an update on the arrest of Tennessee fugitive and Winter Haven double homicide suspect Stanley "Woo Woo” Mossburg. Mossburg killed two people in Winter Haven on Sunday night. He was taken into custody early Tuesday morning by PCSO SWAT after being barricaded in a house off of Dundee Road on Monday night. Click here to read the news release: http://bit.ly/2ONApv9

Posted by Polk County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Mossburg "viciously murdered" a man on or around Oct. 1 and left him behind a laundromat in Greeneville, Tennessee.

In a news conference streamed overnight on the Polk County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, deputies said Mossburg fled Tennessee and went to Spartanburg, South Carolina, where his sister bought him a bus ticket to Orlando.

When Polk County deputies were made aware of the fact that he was wanted in connection with the Tennessee murder case, they began looking for him. On Oct. 10, Mossburg pawned property at a pawn shop in Auburndale, the sheriff said.

In the news conference early Tuesday, Judd said Mossburg was also wanted in connection with a double homicide in Winter Haven.

According to the sheriff, Mossburg went to the victim's home and killed the two people with whom the victim lived.

"Here's the horrible, scary facts. Last night, a gentleman who works close by went home about 10:30 at night. When he arrived home, this man was in his house. This man was in his house and had murdered his two companions that live there with him -- a man and a woman," Judd said.

The living victim told authorities Mossburg said he wasn't going to kill him because "God told him not to," but Mossburg did hold the man captive the rest of the night, according to the sheriff.

While at the man's home, Mossburg told him the victims in the Polk County slayings were "No. 7 or 8," Judd said in the news conference.

Mossburg then took off in a victim's vehicle, the sheriff said.

Deputies shared the vehicle information and were investigating the crime scene when they got word that Mossburg had driven back to the area, within a block of the scene of the slayings, Judd said.

Deputies said Mossburg told a witness in the investigation, "I've got a gun and I want to kill somebody."

According to deputies, Mossburg was taken into custody by SWAT team members around 5:10 a.m. Tuesday after barricading himself alone in a house on Avenue C Northeast near 16th Street Northeast that belongs to someone he knows.

Deputies said Mossburg will be booked into the Polk County Jail.

The victims' names have not been released. Judd said they don't currently have evidence to back up Mossburg's alleged claims to have murdered others.

No other details were immediately known.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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