Cocoa police have arrested on Friday the boyfriend of the pregnant woman reported missing a day earlier on kidnapping charges, despite the woman reporting to police she was in no danger.
Lance Deloreon Jenkins, 26, was arrested Thursday night and charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and aggravated battery after police say he took Jamie Lee Powell-Kielczewski, 22, who is 4 and a half months pregnant, against her will on Wednesday night.
Powell-Kielczweski went to Cocoa Police Department on Thursday after being reported missing and gave a statement that she was not in danger, but police say she is telling family and friends a different story.
Police said she attempted to call 911 at the Shell gas station on State Road 524 Wednesday night from the business' phone. Witnesses said she then walked to the restroom and was attempting to call police again when a man walked to the restroom, kicked in the door and took Powell-Kielczewski out to the car against her will.
According to investigators, based on Powell-Kielczweski’s 911 call, the store’s video, the store clerk’s statement, and three other witness statements, police arrested Jenkins, who was named a person of interest in her disappearance on Thursday.
Jenkins will appear in court on Friday at 1:30 p.m. for a first appearance.
After giving her statement Thursday, Powell-Kielczweski refused to cooperate with the investigation further, police said. She told Local 6 she wants the charges against Jenkins dropped.
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