NEW PORT RICHEY — The boyfriend drove. The girlfriend, 17 and nearly three months pregnant, sat in the passenger seat. He parked on the edge of an apartment complex on Baywood Meadows Drive, near some woods. It was 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1.
The boyfriend called someone on his cell phone. A few minutes later, a man showed up and slid into the backseat.
The girl turned around, saw his face. She had never met him before. She felt uneasy.
The stranger left and came back a minute later wearing a mask. He had a gun in his hand, authorities said.
He pointed the gun at both the boyfriend and girlfriend, ordered them out of the car and forced them to walk into the woods.
The girl asked the stranger not to hurt her because she was pregnant. They kept walking, deeper into the darkness.
She began begging.
This is when he started to kick her and punch her.
In the stomach.
Again and again.
"This is how much I care, b----," he said and continued the beating.
When he finished, he ordered the girl and her boyfriend not to move until he was gone.
The girl was taken to a hospital. She survived. The baby appears to be fine.
Investigators showed the girl, whose name has not been released, photos of possible suspects.
She picked one as her attacker: Andres Luis Marrero, a 19-year-old University of Tampa student who had no criminal record.
He admitted that he did it, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said Friday, but he had a reason.
Marrero said he was hired by the girl's boyfriend to fake a kidnapping so he could beat her badly enough that she miscarried, a report states.
Marrero of Land O'Lakes was arrested Thursday and charged with armed kidnapping and aggravated battery on a pregnant female. He is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $160,000 bail.
The Sheriff's Office would not allow the Times to ask Marrero if he wished to be interviewed. Spokesman Kevin Doll said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
The boyfriend has not been identified or arrested, but Doll said he was the one who hired Marrero to attack his pregnant girlfriend. Doll would not release the boyfriend's age and would not comment on what Marrero was allegedly paid.
Marrero's sister, Mariely Marrero-Jones, said the family is devastated and didn't want to speak about the accusations Friday.
Hours after the attack, Marrero posted this on his Facebook page:
"Damn was last nite fun a-- hell. 2011"
A few days later, on the morning of Jan. 4, he boasted:
"got money out the a-- … im rich."
His sister teased him, asking if he won the lottery.
"no dont worry about it woman," he wrote.
"You and your damn mysteries!" she said.
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