The victim of a strong-arm robbery was arrested by Tampa police late last night, accused of putting his two young children in harm's way when he brought them with him to an illegal drug transaction.
Jonathan Kelly was charged with two counts of child neglect and remained in jail this morning. Bail had not been set.
Tampa police said Kelly went out around 10:30 p.m. Saturday to illegally buy some prescription drugs from a former high school acquaintance. The two agreed to meet at the corner of Interbay and Bayshore boulevards to make the transaction, police said.
Kelly drove to the location with his two children, 1 and 4, and had them in the car when the acquaintance and a female friend approached Kelly's car. But the intention was robbery, police said, and Kelly was struck in the face and ordered to hand over his cash.
The two robbers stole $60 from Kelly and sped away in a gray Toyota.
Kelly called police and reported the robbery and gave a description of the getaway car, police said. Officers spotted the car at South Quincy Street and West Ballast Point Boulevard.
The two suspected robbers, Tiffany Miller, 28, 801 Russell Lane, Apt. 256, Brandon, and Jessie Massicotte, 33, 3218 W. Villa Rosa St., Tampa, were arrested and charged with strong-arm robbery. Massicotte remained in jail today with bail set at $7,500. Miller, who also was charged with possession of a controlled substance, was held under $9,500 bail.
Kelly, 30, 4010 W. Pearl Ave., was subsequently arrested. The two children were unharmed and released to the custody of Kelly's parents.