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.

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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