Friday, February 23, 2018
Public safety

Deputies say Riverview teenager tried to kidnap neighbor's child

RIVERVIEW — Sheriff's deputies arrested a Riverview teenager they say tried to kidnap a blind, disabled child from his downstairs neighbor late Friday night.

Bobby McQuay II, 15, has been charged with attempted kidnapping, burglary of an occupied dwelling and violation of probation.

Deputies were called to 9415 Windermere Lake Drive about 10:15 p.m. Friday. Franyeli Martinez-Rodriguez, 23, said a male smashed a window of her apartment and tried to make off with her 5-year-old son, who suffers from multiple developmental disabilities and cannot see.

Martinez-Rodriguez was in the kitchen when she heard her son crying in another room, she said Saturday. Martinez-Rodriguez, who is from Puerto Rico and only speaks Spanish, described her confrontation with the intruder through a bilingual neighbor, Adriana Calleja.

Martinez-Rodriguez entered the room to find the intruder had picked up her son and was holding him around the stomach, backing away as if he wanted to go out the window, she said. He was wearing only one shoe, leading her to believe he had used his other shoe to smash the window.

When she walked in, their eyes locked for several seconds, she said. She grabbed her son and shoved the intruder, who jumped out of the window. He ran away, and deputies who searched the area were unable to find him.

McQuay was arrested when he returned to the building and was found to match Martinez-Rodriguez's description of the suspect. He was charged with the probation violation because he was out past his 8 p.m. curfew.

McQuay's family had just moved in upstairs from Martinez-Rodriguez about three weeks ago, she said. Martinez-Rodriguez said she moved to the complex about a year ago.

McQuay's father, Bobby McQuay, declined to discuss his son's arrest in detail but said he believed further investigation would show the accusations are unfounded.

"It's all false, dog," he said Saturday morning. "Trust me."

Because the younger McQuay is a juvenile, his criminal record was unavailable. He was being held at a juvenile center Saturday, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Peter Jamison can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3337. Follow him on Twitter @petejamison.

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