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Polk County deputies said they have arrested the man accused of murdering his girlfriend, then setting her body on fire.

The body of Solymarie Roman, 22, was found in an empty wooded lot of Marlin Drive, following a small brush fire in Poinciana earlier this month.

Mourad Balzourt, 28, was arrested Wednesday. Deputies believe up until Roman’s death, the two lived together in Orlando.

According to deputies, Balzourt strangled Roman, then set her body on fire.

Investigators said they were able to make the arrest based on DNA evidence, as well cell phone and credit card records.


A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), Public Safety Communications Accreditation (PSCA) program will visit the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in December to examine all aspects of Telecommunication policy and procedures, management, operations, and other support services, Sheriff Grady Judd announced today.

Verification by the team that the Polk County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition of communications professional excellence, Sheriff Judd said.

As part of the on-site assessment, employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the assessment team, by telephone. The public may call (863)-559-5271 on Sunday, December 9, 2007 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with PSCA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Sheriff’s Office Professional Standards Section Office located at 1160 East Van Fleet Drive, Bartow, FL 33830. The local contact is Lieutenant Kim Garrett (863) 535-1950 or by e-mail at

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation may write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA22030-2215.

Osceola County, Florida – As part of Osceola County’s Old Canoe Creek Road/Kissimmee Park Road construction project, crews will be working nights to pave the intersection of Neptune Road and Kissimmee Park Road (KPR) from Sunday, December 2, 2007 through Wednesday, December 5, 2007. Paving will take place from 7:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. each evening.

Also, there will be a traffic switch on Friday morning, November 30th, 2007 on the Canoe Creek Bridge replacement project.

Drivers should expect temporary lane closures and/or shifts. Message boards will be on-site to notify motorists of construction activities and lane shifts.

Please contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-908-2331 for more information.

The Polk County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit is hosting the second annual Matt & DiOGi Memorial golf tournament on Saturday, December 8, 2007, at Bridgewater Golf & Country Club in Lakeland. Teams will consist of 4-person best ball, with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun scramble. Last year’s tournament was so popular, an afternoon tee time was necessary to allow all registered teams to play. If this year’s event generates enough interest, an afternoon tee time will be added.

The cost to participate is $60 per person. Lunch is included, along with door prizes and a silent auction.

To pre-register, contact Sgt. Ray Swilley at 863-287-3833.

litteral_barney-roe.jpgOsceola County — On November 27, Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Barney Litteral (DOB 6/26/84) for his involvement in an armed robbery at Knights Inn in Kissimmee. He was charged with Armed Robbery with a Firearm and Petit Theft.
On November 26 at 6:30 p.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Knights Inn, 2880 N. Poinciana Boulevard in Kissimmee in reference to an armed robbery call. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who indicated a male walked into the motel and demanded money from behind the counter. The suspect fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash. Further investigation led to a witness who could identify the suspect. Detectives found Litteral at a local bar. He was charged and taken to the Osceola County jail.

Polk County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives made an arrest in a homicide today for the murder of Solymarie Roman, who was killed, dumped, and burned in a remote area in Poinciana on November 1, 2007.

According to the affidavit, Mourad Balzourt strangled his live-in girlfriend Solymarie on October 31, 2007, and then set her body on fire in an area off of Marlin Drive in Poinciana the following day. He is being charged with First Degree Murder and Abuse of a Dead Human Body.

Detectives interviewed Balzourt in reference to this case two times, on November 8th and November 9th. Balzourt was the last person to see Solymarie alive, but never reported her missing and when interviewed, made several conflicting statements to detectives. She was missing for 6 days before family members realized that the body found in Poinciana was hers. Balzourt lied about where he was at the time Solymarie’s body was dumped in Poinciana, as proven by his cell phone records. Balzourt also had the vehicle that Solymarie drove washed and detailed the day her body was found, as proven by his credit card records. DNA analysis shows a large amount of Solymarie’s blood stained the backseat area of that vehicle. Detectives placed Balzourt under arrest without incident and booked him into the Polk County Jail under no bond on Wednesday, November, 28, 2007.

“Mourad Balzourt brutally murdered a beautiful 22-year-old woman and has been lying to us, and to Solymarie’s family, for weeks. Now his lies, and the evidence uncovered by our detectives, have put him behind bars, where he hopefully will stay for the rest of his life,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “Mourad Balzourt not only viciously took this girl’s life, but he set her body on fire and dumped her on the side of the road. Thanks to good police work and the public’s help, this monster is off the street once and for all.”

At approximately 9:52 pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2007, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to a shooting that had occurred in the parking lot of the Sunny’s Food Plaza, 2085 West Highland Street, Lakeland. (The plaza is on the corner of Wabash Avenue and West Highland Street.) The incident took place in the south east portion of the parking lot.

Two victims were approached by a black male who brandished a weapon and demanded money. One victim was fatally shot while sitting inside his black 2005 Dodge Stratus.

The suspect is described as being approximately 25 years of age, 5’6″ to 5’8′ feet tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds. He was seen running from the parking lot, south onto Suwannee Avenue. He was wearing dark jeans and a black jacket with red striping that began mid-torso in a wide strip and narrowed to a point in front, in a triangular fashion. His hair is described as short and he was clean shaven.

If you have any information on this case, please contact Detective Robert Arturi at 863.534.6379 or 863.533.0344.

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a $5,000.00 CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

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