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Tampa man arrested after police say he took kids to drug deal

TAMPA — A Tampa man is in jail after he took his two young children with him to a drug deal gone awry, police said.

Jonathan M. Kelly, 30, took his children with him Saturday night when he went to buy illicit prescription pills, investigators said. After his dealer and an accomplice robbed him, he called the police — and was arrested.

It all started with a phone call earlier in the day.

Kelly called Jessie Massicotte, a friend from high school, to buy some pills, authorities said. They agreed to meet at Interbay and Bayshore boulevards around 10:30 p.m.

Kelly loaded his children, ages 1 and 4, into the car and headed to meet Massicotte.

When Kelly arrived at the meeting place, Massicotte and Tiffany Miller, a woman police identified as his "female friend," approached Kelly's car, hit him in the face and demanded he give them money. The two stole $60 from Kelly, police said, and fled in a gray Toyota.

Kelly called the police and gave them a description of the car.

Police found and arrested Massicotte, 33, of Tampa and Miller, 28, of Brandon on strong-arm robbery charges.

Kelly faces two felony counts of child neglect.

He was being held Sunday without bail in the Hillsborough County jail system.

Records show he had been previously arrested in 2010 on a felony charge of trafficking oxycodone.

The children, who weren't harmed during the incident, were released to Kelly's parents.

Tampa man arrested after police say he took kids to drug deal 09/30/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 2:49pm]
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