Skip to comments.Former boyfriend charged with LaToyia Figueroa's death (body found)
Posted on 08/20/2005 8:55:37 AM PDT by Smogger
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia police announced Saturday that they have charged the 25-year-old former boyfriend of LaToyia Figueroa with her death.
Stephen Poaches, of West Philadelphia, the missing pregnant woman's former boyfriend and the father of her unborn baby, was charged with the murder of the 24-year-old woman.
Figueroa has been missing for a month.
Philadelphia police recovered her remains early Saturday in nearby Chester, located about 13 miles southwest of Philadelphia.
When Poaches was arrested in Chester, police said he was wearing a bullet proof vest and was carrying a pistol.
LaToyia Figueroa's father, Melvin Figueroa, said he was relieved that an arrest had been made.
"Now she can rest in peace," he said. "All I want is justice with that peace."
Figueroa, who was five months' pregnant when she disappeared and already the mother of a young girl, was last seen on the afternoon of July 18 in West Philadelphia. Police received a missing persons report July 21, McClane said.
The remains were recovered in a grassy, partially wooded lot near homes and a road in Chester. The area was cordoned off by yellow police tape Saturday morning.
A few dozen members of the Figueroa family and supporters arrived at the scene shortly after daybreak, clustering close to the police tape and embracing each other.
They declined to comment to reporters.
Relatives and friends, who have papered the city with flyers and held large-scale searches for any sign of Figueroa, had just marked the one-month anniversary of her disappearance. A reward fund for information had reached $100,000.
I hope they charge him with two murders. And I hope he fries.
Assuming, of course, that he's guilty...
Smogger - Thanks for the update, this is sad news but at least they caught the guy. Prayers sent for Latoyia and her baby and family.
Sad news ping!
Another bum who didn't want to pay child support for 18 years.
Fry the bastard.
Probably bullet casings or the shell itself matches the creep's gun he was carrying when arrested.
OH, the poor girl, and her poor children. I knew she was dead, and I knew he did it.
For all our worries about violent crime, we are statistically more likely to be killed by a "loved one".
Passion begets passion in all its forms, it seems.
The father of the baby is the guy everyone suspected. He was conspicuously absent when her family was desperately searching for her.
> Assuming, of course, that he's guilty...
Update: According to CNN they are indeed charging him with two counts of murder, one for the woman, one for her 5-month fetus.
Sharp phrasing :-).
He merely assisted her with a "late term abortion" and "suicide" simyultaneously. There's no crime here. Now move along, everyone.
Sometimes one does not need to see the trial to know who is guilty and who isn't. This guy is.
And the woman had another child, too, who now has to grow up without her mother. I think there ought to be a charge invented for that.
When are these women going to get it.
They have to have a boyfriend .. the sleep with them .. they live with them .. they get pregnant - the boyfriend is out of there. The closer it gets to the baby being born the more dangerous it becomes for the woman .. the father does not want to spend his lifetime SUPPORTING A BABY HE NEVER WANTED.
If young women would keep their pants on .. they would be less likely to lose their life and the life of their unborn child.
"I knew she was dead, and I knew he did it." I'm really curious about Judge Crater, Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Hoffa. I'm sure you know all about these cases, too, so let us know what happened to these folks.
Ha Ha you hope Poaches ....Frys...
I thought this was an easy case from the start, just needed a body.
Yes, it's all the fault of the victim. She deserved to die for daring to get pregnant. And the man had nothing to do with that. /s
Sorry. These visions just come to me randomly.