Naked new­ly­weds face new charges

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - CHARLES RABIN

MI­AMI — Last month as a Ge­or­gia cou­ple on their hon­ey­moon went on a bizarre crime spree — al­legedly kid­nap­ping and rap­ing a woman, po­lice said, and steal­ing so­das in the buff — they nar­rowly missed ab­duct­ing an­other tar­get: a Univer­sity of Mi­ami stu­dent liv­ing in an apart­ment down­town.

The 20-year-old woman told po­lice she was headed back to her apart­ment af­ter vis­it­ing a nearby 7Eleven when Ti­mothy Lowe pulled her into a stair­case. There, they were joined by Rashada Hur­ley, wear­ing pink un­der­wear and a black top. When Lowe told her the three of them were to get into a ve­hi­cle parked on the street, the UM stu­dent told po­lice she saw an open­ing and fled. She rec­og­nized the cou­ple four days later when their crime spree made head­lines and she called po­lice.

Wed­nes­day, po­lice added a charge of at­tempted kid­nap­ping to Lowe and Hur­ley’s rap sheet, which al­ready in­cludes charges of petit theft, in­de­cent ex­po­sure, kid­nap­ping, rob­bery and sex­ual bat­tery. The new charge came al­most a month af­ter the in­ci­dent, po­lice said, be­cause the UM stu­dent left soon af­ter the in­ci­dent for va­ca­tion.

“The vic­tim was go­ing on va­ca­tion for a month to Greece,” said Mi­ami Po­lice Det. Yelitza Cedano.

Po­lice didn’t have to go far to find Lowe, 37, and Hur­ley, 32. Both re­main jailed af­ter be­ing de­nied bond dur­ing their ini­tial court ap­pear­ance in July.

The cou­ple made head­lines a month ago af­ter they were ar­rested, stand­ing naked on a street cor­ner, for steal­ing two so­das from a 7Eleven. It didn’t take po­lice long to link them to a much more bru­tal, ear­lier crime.

Late in the af­ter­noon of July 9 — a day be­fore they were ar­rested and about an hour af­ter their al­leged failed at­tempt to abduct the UM stu­dent — Lowe and Hur­ley ap­proached a 28-year-old woman in a Hialeah Publix park­ing lot, po­lice said. Hur­ley asked for di­rec­tions. When the woman low­ered her win­dow, Hur­ley smacked her in the head, took her to a mo­tel and as­saulted her be­fore she fled.

Lowe and Hur­ley split so fast they left be­hind iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, and po­lice found the cou­ple the next day about a block away drink­ing their so­das — and still naked.

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