Winter Haven Police arrest suspects in park assault, robbery of mother and child near Kiwanis Park

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Authorities in Winter Haven made two arrests in Thursday morning’s attack on a mother and her child as they walked around Kiwanis Park.

Marques Jarvelle Haines is facing a variety of charges including robbery and assault. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

According to a Winter Haven Police report, investigators received a slew of tips on the incident after surveillance video of the suspect was released on Friday. Haines has one prior arrest in Polk County, a 2017 battery arrest.

“This guy thinks he’s a big man to attack a vulnerable mother holding a small child in a park,” said Winter Have Police Chief Charlie Bird following Saturday’s arrest. “He is now where he belongs…. behind bars.”

A short time after Thursday’s attack, Haines was captured on surveillance video at an Auburndale cell phone store using the victim’s credit card. The stolen card was also used to rent some games from a RedBox location in Auburndale.

Haines was booked into the Polk County Jail where he is being held without bond.

Detectives later arrested Delshawn Bradshaw when he was identified as the second suspect in the robbery. Bradshaw was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of Robbery By Sudden Snatching (F-2).

"Once again we thank the media for getting the information out," said Chief Charlie Bird. "The public also played a huge role as the tips began to come in through Crime Stoppers that led us to this suspect and ultimate arrest."

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