Marve ar­rested on felony charge

The former Plant QB turns him­self in, ac­cused of bat­ter­ing ex-girl­friend.

Tampa Bay Times - - Sport - BY MATT BAKER AND BOB PUTNAM Times Staff Writ­ers

TAMPA — Former Plant High and Univer­sity of Mi­ami quar­ter­back Robert Marve was ar­rested Fri­day morn­ing in Hills­bor­ough County, ac­cused of strik­ing his ex-girl­friend and stomp­ing on her throat in Key West.

Marve turned him­self in at the Ori­ent Road Jail and was booked at 10:20 on a com­plaint of felony bat­tery/ do­mes­tic bat­tery by stran­gu­la­tion. He was re­leased an hour later on a $50,000 bond.

A Mon­roe County ar­rest war­rant filed Wed­nes­day al­leged that Marve at­tacked Bran­don res­i­dent Chan­ning Tomes in their Key West ho­tel room last week. Tomes told the Mon­roe County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice that Marve “lost con­trol” af­ter see­ing mes­sages on her phone. He then be­gan hit­ting her face, chest, arms and legs, and stomped on her throat, ac­cord­ing to the war­rant.

“I am be­yond re­lieved to know he is fi­nally ex­posed as the mon­ster he truly is,” Tomes said in a text mes­sage to the Tampa Bay Times. “I am so thank­ful for ev­ery­one who has worked tire­lessly on this case, as well as other vic­tims.”

Marve’s at­tor­ney Daniel Fer­nan­dez, re­spond­ing to the Times, asked why Tomes dated his client for five months and went on a va­ca­tion with him if she thought he was “so evil.”

Fer­nan­dez also said that au­thor­i­ties in Mon­roe County did not an­swer his re­peated calls.

“We had in­for­ma­tion that was per­ti­nent to the case that they chose not to hear,” Fer­nan­dez said. “It’s not fair for ei­ther party to lit­i­gate this mat­ter through the me­dia.”

Tomes, 27, also has ac­cused

Marve of a sep­a­rate vi­o­lent in­ci­dent in Tampa in May. In a sworn pe­ti­tion for an in­junc­tion for pro­tec­tion against dat­ing vi­o­lence, Tomes wrote that Marve, 29, bit her lip, struck her in the face, knocked her un­con­scious and sex­u­ally assaulted her.

“I am adamantly pur­su­ing th­ese charges to en­sure no women will ever walk into his life blindly,” Tomes said in a text mes­sage. “Robert Marve has con­tin­ued to es­ca­late in his abuse, and on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions I felt as though I was go­ing to die in his hands.

“I do not care if I am the face of this case or if my sex­ual life, job or school is ex­posed in this process. My ul­ti­mate goal was to see that he never hurt another woman again and stand up for past vic­tims who were too scared to come for­ward. Rape and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is never okay. I have found that the only ‘safe word’ with Robert Marve is ‘911.’ ”

Tampa po­lice spokesman Steve He­garty said the depart­ment is aware of some al­le­ga­tions against Marve but can’t dis­cuss its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Marve was the state’s top high school foot­ball player in 2006 af­ter lead­ing Plant to the Class 4A state ti­tle. He signed with Mi­ami be­fore fin­ish­ing his col­lege ca­reer at Pur­due.

The son of former Bucs line­backer Eu­gene Marve had a try­out with the Bucs in 2013 and played in the CFL. Un­til this week, he was co-owner of the Tam­pabased Ka­leo/Marve Quar­ter­back Academy and worked with quar­ter­backs at Plant.

Jail records list Marve’s cur­rent job as the ath­letic di­rec­tor at Tampa Sports Academy, a train­ing fa­cil­ity, and his res­i­dence in South Tampa.

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