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UT Student Punches Pregnant Woman on Friend’s Behalf

Andres Luis Marrero, 19, was arrested and charged with armed kidnapping and aggravated battery on a pregnant female.  |  Pasco County Sheriff's Office

Andres Luis Marrero, 19, was arrested and charged with armed kidnapping and aggravated battery on a pregnant female. | Pasco County Sheriff's Office

Police arrested a University of Tampa student Thursday after he confessed to abusing a pregnant teen just after midnight on New Year’s Day.

The student, Andres Luis Marrero, had been asked by the woman’s boyfriend to beat her until she miscarried.

Marrero, 19, received a phone call from Devin Nickels, a high school friend and Florida State University student, after Nickels’ 17-year-old girlfriend was reported pregnant.

Nickels,18, allegedly desperate to ensure the baby was not born, concocted a plan with Marrero to make his girlfriend miscarry, said the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Nickels wanted Marrero to pretend to be an armed robber and eventually punch the woman– who was at the beginning of her second trimester– in the stomach to end the pregnancy.

He offered to pay Marrero $200 for his actions, but Marrero did not accept. Instead, he agreed to carry out the assault for free.

At 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, Nickels drove his girlfriend to the woods outside an apartment complex in New Port Richey.

Marrero got into the backseat of Nickels’ car minutes later. Soon after, he stepped out, then came back wearing a mask, forcing Nickels and his girlfriend out of the car at gunpoint.

Nickels’ girlfriend– whose name has not been released by the sherrif’s office– had never met Marrero.

She begged him not to hurt her because she was pregnant. He did not listen, and instead, according to police, “began to kick and punch her several times in the stomach and back while stating, ‘This is how much I care, b—-.'”

After he was done, Marrero ordered Nickels and his girlfriend to not move until he had left. He then took off, officials said.

The girlfriend was hospitalized. According to a report, she is still pregnant and the fetus was ultimately unharmed.

Soon after the attack, investigators showed the girlfriend several photos of possible suspects. Among the photos was one of Marrero.

She recognized from when he first entered the car unmasked.

Marrero, a Land O’ Lakes resident, was arrested Thursday Jan. 27. Authorities charged him with armed kidnapping and aggravated battery on a pregnant female.

He was held at the Pasco jail until being released Saturday on $60,000 bail.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Marrero and Nickels had no criminal record or previous arrests.

“He’s been an outstanding kid all his life,” Marrero’s father told The St. Petersburg Times on Tuesday afternoon. “I have no idea where this is coming from.”

Nickels, a Lutz resident, was arrested on campus at FSU, in his room in Salley Hall, Monday morning.

He has been charged with solicitation to commit aggravated battery. He is currently being held at the Leon County jail, awaiting transfer to Pasco.

Hours after abandoning Nickels and his girlfriend in the woods, Marrero signed on Facebook and posted, “Damn was last nite fun a– hell. 2011” on his wall.

His Facebook account is now inactive.

18 Comments on UT Student Punches Pregnant Woman on Friend’s Behalf

  1. Why does nobody look at the big picture? this girl wanted to actually HAVE THE BABY. thus forcing her boyfriend into 18 years of unwanted commitment. so this guy helped out his friend and slapped up a preggo. So what? maybe if our court system would allow a man to not pay child support if he didn’t want the baby these young men would not have had to resort to such actions.

    I hope this guy gets off scott free, and is then given a medal for fighting in the struggle for men’s rights, which are too often trumped over when it comes to a woman’s rights when children are involved. I say carry on soldier! Keep beating up preggos!


  2. Deborah Rodriguez // February 18, 2011 at 10:34 am //

    Not only are we justifiably saying the idiot who beat her is an a-hole but no one is saying what a a-hole baby daddy is. If this is how he planned to take care of impregnating his girlfriend with physical harm what does that say about his future criminal activities (of which I am sure there will be). Baby Daddy isn’t too swift either .I would say he has some serious psychological issues too.


  3. hey idiot. shut your idiot mouth, idiot. dumb idiot…


  4. Dear Minastaff,

    Don’t you think that the circumstances warrant something stronger than “Punches Pregnant Woman”? This seems to be more like “Beats Pregnant Woman.” With maybe a subheader along the lines of “Assault Intended to Force Miscarriage for Girl, 17.”

    Keep bein’ you,



  5. DIDN'T READ LOL // February 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm //

    “He’s been an outstanding kid all his life,”

    Just keep telling yourself that, dad.


  6. How can you say that this idiot should not be charged with any crime toward the baby?? That is some twisted opinion you have since that was the whole reason why he beat the girl up! If the baby had died, would you have thought that was OK??? Read the article, this A-HOLE beat up the girl JUST BECAUSE SHE WAS PREGNANT so of course he should be charged for the injuries to the baby too. There is a chance that this baby will suffer injuries later on that the doctors can’t detect yet, do you think he shouldn’t have to pay for that either??


  7. Absolutely disgusting!

    Thank God she and her baby are going to be fine.


  8. The first sentence says he admitted to it… how does that warrant an “allegedly”… Let’s all actually read the article before commenting, thanks.


  9. This headline could have used an “allegedly”…..


  10. He’s a pig, and deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent. Our criminal justice system is way too lenient on these violent offenders. People ought to keep their hands to themselves at all times. However, since the fetus was obviously unborn, I do not feel he should be charged with its death. He should only be brought to justice based on the assault of the female.


  11. Donkey Kong // February 3, 2011 at 9:00 am //

    Screw J-Board. This loser should be in jail and get the shit beat out of him by Big Mike ‘n the Boys.


  12. I hope hes expelled… I do not want a dangerous a-hole like this walking around campus!


  13. Premise 1. He took an offer to beat up his buddy’s pregnant girlfriend to the point of miscarriage
    Premise 2. He declined money and did it for free
    Premise 3. “This is how much I care, bitch”
    Premise 4. He must have LIKED doing what he did
    Conclusion: He’s an A–hole


  14. Just goes to show that your friends and fellow classmates aren’t always what they seem. And karma is a bitch. I hope this kid doesn’t find himself on the other end of this situation one day with a pregnant wife, who he actually loves, and looses. But…Karma is a bitch.


  15. ut student // February 3, 2011 at 6:07 am //

    kid was one of the first friends i made at ut. damn…this is so shocking


  16. LOL at parents who are ignorant enough to think their children are outstanding. Your child has obviously been f’ed up for a long time.


  17. can't believe this // February 3, 2011 at 1:23 am //

    seriously? you willingly made the decision to do this? how’d that conversation go with your friend? “$200 to beat your pregnant girlfriend until she miscarriages? bro whatevs i’ll do it for free!”

    i have no sympathy for this kid. i SINCERELY with all my heart hope he dies in prison after many years of brutal beatings and constant rape. this is one of the most evil and heartless things someone could ever do. that poor girl’s life will never be the same.

    and you posted that shit on your facebook? you proud that you beat up a pregnant 17 year old? You wouldn’t last a minute against a real man you stupid piece of shit.


  18. Chris Ross // February 3, 2011 at 12:48 am //

    Think he is going to J-Board?


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