A man who thought he was going on a date with a woman he met online was instead beaten, robbed and thrown off a bridge, a Florida sheriff’s office said.
First up was Natalie Fonseca, 25 Send a message to a man on Facebook According to an arrest report obtained by WEAR, on Oct. 6, she asked him if he could help her get something to eat.
He agreed and took her to a taco truck before dropping her off at home, the outlet reported.
The next day she asked if he wanted to go to a dateeating and hanging out, according to an Oct. 24 Facebook post from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.
The man drove to Fonseca’s home, where he was met by another man, 31-year-old Nafis Reynolds, officials said.
According to the sheriff’s office, Fonseca introduced Reynolds as her “uncle” and the three got into a car together.
According to the arrest report obtained by WEAR, they drove to Reynolds’ house for a barbecue before later driving away in the man’s car with Fonseca behind the wheel.
“While driving, both Fonseca and Nafis struck the victim multiple times and told him he was going to die,” the sheriff’s office statement said. “They stole his shoes, his phone, his money and his car. They then took turns cutting his throat before throwing him over the bridge railing and into the Escambia River.”
Officers said the two then drove away in the stolen car. They later set fire to the car further down the road, the sheriff’s office said.
When they drove away, the man was still alive in the river and swimming toward land, the post said.
He reached the bank of the river, collapsed and lay there until he was discovered by a boater the next morning, according to the arrest report obtained by WEAR.
According to the sheriff’s office, they were able to stop a deputy and the man survived.
Using surveillance footage and information from a previous domestic disturbance, officers were able to identify Fonseca and Nafis, who were in fact in a relationship, according to WEAR.
Both Fonseca and Nafis have been charged with attempted murder, armed carjacking, armed robbery and kidnapping, according to the sheriff’s office.
Pensacola is about 200 miles west of Tallahassee.