22-year-old Bartow man accused of holding 2 girls against will

BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) – A man was arrested for interfering with child custody, false imprisonment and assault, among other charges, on Thursday.

The Bartow Police Department said they were contacted in reference to two minors who had been taken from Leesburg by Marquis Wright, 22.

Wright was allegedly holding the two 16-year-old girls against their will.

The minors accompanied Wright to his home on Magnolia Street East.

When they arrived, police said Wright began to act “weird” and became verbally violent with the girls.

Both girls were told they were not leaving the home without Wright.

Wright obtained a long gun rifle, which police said was an unknown caliber or possibly a BB gun, and pointed it at one of the girls as he was shouting.

A man observed the girls outside the home and asked if they needed help.

When the girls told him they wanted to leave because they were afraid, the man called a taxi.

Both minors fled to the cab and informed the driver of what was happening. Police were then notified.

Detectives were able to identify Wright, and he was arrested at his home without incident.

He is charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, interfering with child custody, false imprisonment and assault.

DCF was notified and the minors were reunited with their parents.



WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s