Winter Haven teen charged with robbing fellow student
A 16-year-old Winter Haven High School student, who is currently on felony probation, is facing robbery charges after he allegedly tried to rob a fellow student. According to an affidavit, Marcus Allen Holland, 107 17 St., approached the student and told him to give him his wallet. The victim said he didn’t have his wallet, but Holland began to pat down the victim, eventually finding the wallet in his pocket. The victim started to walk away, but Holland followed him, chasing him through the school’s halls and nearly tackling him, the affidavit said. The victim was able to break away and notified the school’s resource officer. The victim told the officer that Holland had bullied him since February, when the suspect cornered the victim in a school restroom and removed money from his pocket, the affidavit said. The victim chose not to report the incident, and the suspect continued to harass the victim.During an interview, Holland told detectives that he was not robbing the victim, but rather demanding money that was due for providing the victim with protection from other bullies in the school, the affidavit said. The victim denied paying protection money, saying the suspect was the only person who was harassing him. Holland was placed on probation in March on a charge of felony violation of probation resulting from a felony theft charge in December 2012. Holland was charged with attempted robbery and violation of felony probation and booked into the Polk County Juvenile Assessment Center.