Victim Beaten, Robbed in Williams Park

The victim was nearly beaten to death by a 39-year-old suspect who stole a backpack, police say.

A 39-year-old St. Petersburg man faces charges of attempted homicide and strong armed robbery in connection to a mugging Saturday morning in Williams Park.

Watson L. Haynes III was arrested at 20th Avenue and 16th Street North, after witnesses identified him as the suspect in the beating and robbery of a victim found unconscious in the downtown park, at 350 2nd Ave. North.

According to police, Haynes stole the victim's backpack.

Officers responded to a call at 8:51 a.m. about an unresponsive person lying on the ground in Williams Park. They found the victim unconscious, with severe upper body trauma, according to police.

The unidentified victim was transported to Bayfront Medical Hospital with life threatening injuries.

The victim's name will be released when the next of kin has been notified.

henry eroh June 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
what they need to do iinstead of a trial is just spend 1 dollar for the bullet and eliminate this low life from this planet- no joke- if he does it this time you can believe when they let him on probation because oh -- he had a sad childhood -- he will do it again and then someone else will suffer and again it will cost taxpayer's and responsible citizen's loads of money.
Tina June 24, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Typical sh*t, someone with nothing better to do OR on drugs OR drunk. This poor man is so kind, always has a kind word to everyone. WHY??????
Dharma June 24, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Good they got him!" now keep him off the streets!
Lawell Elflycanlette Brooks June 24, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Rip old man charles its very sad u died u r missed all the people who were homeless downtown knew you as a sweet kind old man and helped other homeless out wen you could. It sux that bastard tried robing you. Theifs will get theres in the end they just lowlife bastards who dunno how to go out and get there own things they try to take others things and thats wrong.
Renee G June 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Charlie was a wonderful man he was so kind he always knew how to make u laugh when u was down Everyone that knew him from Williams park will totally miss him it will not be thee same going down there i will miss the straw hat and overalls he wore
Tina June 24, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Dharma, I hate to tell u this, but just like repetitive DUI's and drug dealer, that s.o.b. will probly get out on bond & vanish cuz he doesnt have the balls to face people that are not homeless and can't defend themselves. It sucks but its probly the truth. Talk about a di**less sob.
danielle June 26, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I love you Charlie!! Peace Out My friend!!! Now we both finally know whats up :) I know I'll see you again sooner or later!! I'll bring the bag lunches like old times!
Karen Seibers June 27, 2012 at 04:51 AM
To those of you who knew and loved Charles, we thank you. I am his sister-in-law and helped raise his kids when my sister died. He leaves behind 3 grown kids who, despite the circumstances, loved their father. Charles chose to be estranged from us for his own reasons. Now his kids and I will come to Florida from Tennessee to take him home.
brian martin June 29, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Memphis and me send our condoliences and are truely sorry for the loss


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