Breaking News: Man Arrested For Robbing, Punching Mom Who Was Holding Toddler

January 28, 2018
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Police Officer have arrested a man accused of punching and robbing a mother as she held her toddler at a Winter Haven park on Thursday.

On Saturday, Marques Jarvelle Haines, 19, was arrested in connection with the incident but it’s unclear what charges he faces at this time.

The violent robbery occurred in broad daylight at Kiwanis Park, which is located at 301 Ave. C NE.

Police say that the mother was playing with her toddler inside a fenced area of the park when she was approached by two men.

She picked up her child and walked toward the car, but when she got near her car, Haines threatened and said, “Give me your money or I’ll shoot!”

The woman felt something against her back and then she was punched in the face, police noted.

“He just smacked me in the face and said give me your purse or I’ll shoot,” the woman frantically told a 911 dispatcher.

The impact of the punch sent the woman and her toddler to the ground.

“He came up to me, hit me in the face and knocked me over. I have a little one. He grabbed my purse and ran off,” the woman sobbed to the 911 dispatcher.

After Haines stole her purse, the woman then ran to a nearby store and called 911.

Haines was later seen in surveillance footage using the victim’s credit card to buy cell phones at a store in Auburndale.

After police released the video, they received a number of tips leading them to Haines.

Haines was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail Saturday afternoon.

It’s still unclear what has happened to the other man who was allegedly involved.

No further details are available at this stage.

Body Of Missing Virginia 16-Year-Old Girl Jholie Moussa Found

 

 

Jholie Moussa left her home after exchanging mysterious text messages with someone, her twin sister said.

Her family reported her missing the next day.

The FBI joined the investigation 4 days later, on Jan. 17.

The day that Moussa disappeared, she seemed to be distracted after classes at Mount Vernon High School, her twin, Zhane Moussa, said.

“She was doing my hair and then she stopped, for a good minute, to text some more. Then, out of nowhere, she was like, ‘I gotta go, I gotta go!’” she said.

Moussa told her sister that she just needed to go out for a minute.

After she left, Zhane Moussa sent her a concerned text and got an odd response.

“She texted me that she was going to Norfolk,” Zhane Moussa said. “And I’m, like, isn’t that more than 3 hours away?”

Later that night, the girls’ mother, Syreeta Steward, missed a call from her daughter. Then, she heard nothing. It just wasn’t like her.

“Normally, she would have responded back to me. If she calls me and I don’t answer, she always follows it up with a text,” Steward said.

They never heard from her again.

The body that police believe is Moussa’s, was found 14 days later in a wooded area of Woodlawn Park, less than a mile from where she was last seen in the 4200 block of Sonia Court.

A Police officer found the body, almost entirely covered by leaves, about 11 a.m. Friday.

The preliminary identification of Moussa’s body was based on her appearance, including a tattoo, police confirmed. On her right shoulder, she had a tattoo of an infinity loop with her name and her twin’s name.

However, a medical examiner will positively identify the body. Moussa’s family has been notified.

Fairfax County police had entered Moussa into the National Crime Information Center database as a runaway juvenile.

“Based on the facts of the case, there is nothing that indicates that Moussa is in any danger,” county police previously said in a statement.

An FBI representative previously noted there was not a specific reason why the agency joined the investigation; they had available resources to help.

Police previously said that detectives spoke to about 20 people who had recent contact with Moussa. Many of her friends were not fully cooperating with investigators, police said.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131, or the FBI at 202-278-2000.

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