There was some stiff competition for best “Florida” story of the day. First, there was this: Child riding wave on Florida beach hit by pickup truck. But then I came across this one about a newlywed couple honeymooning in Florida who celebrated their nuptials by kidnapping and raping a woman. Sure, it doesn’t involve drunk driving an airboat or eating someone’s face off, but it’s still a pretty good Florida story.
Even The Miami Herald found this story to be ridiculous:
Most couples come to South Florida on their honeymoon to enjoy the sun, the fun, the food and often the nightlife. But police say a Georgia couple’s celebration here turned a bit too debaucherous and landed them in jail on felony charges.
Police and witnesses say that Rashada Hurley, 32, and her new husband Timothy Lowe, 37, beat and kidnapped a woman, drove her to a motel and forced sex on her, then got naked the next day inside a convenience store and grabbed a couple of sodas without paying.
On Sunday afternoon Lowe and Hurley decided their new marriage was already stale and needed to spice things up. At a Publix grocery store in Hialeah, FL. they kidnapped a random woman. Hurley jumped out of the car and hit the woman in the head with an object, knocking her out cold. When the woman came to, she said Hurley was strangling her while Lowe was driving. The newlyweds took the woman to a motel and used her credit card to pay for a room.
The couple then raped the woman and forced her to perform oral sex on Lowe. After the sexual assault, the couple became distracted and the woman was able to escape.
On Monday, the couple decided to continue their fun honeymoon adventure by walking around naked. They went to Walgreens in the buff and then got thirsty so they headed to a 7-11. The clerk reported that they came in with no clothes on, made themselves a couple of sodas, and then left without paying. The clerk called police because, well you know, this is not normal even for Florida. The cops found the couple a few blocks away, still naked and enjoying their “free” refreshments.
Lowe and Hurley were arrested and charged with kidnapping, robbery and sexual battery as well as petit theft for stealing the sodas from 7-11. They will be sending postcards of their honeymoon to friends and family from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center: “We went to Florida on our honeymoon and all we got was 25 years to life.”
I know I said this story didn’t involve face-eating, but I still feel like bath salts or some other mind-altering substance is involved. Even crazy people need a little chemical help to be this crazy. Also, is it just me or do Lowe and Hurley look like they could be brother and sister? Maybe that’s the “Georgia” component of this otherwise “Florida” story.