Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspect in Boy's Slaying Surrenders

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspect in Boy's Slaying Surrenders

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Five days after the death of Robert Keith Sparrow III, one of

the men wanted in the kidnapping and slaying of the 3-year-old

surrendered to police.

Horace Benjamin Cummings, 22, approached Tampa International

Airport police Saturday evening and told them he was tired of

running, said Sgt. Scott McLeod of the Jacksonville Sheriff's


Cummings flagged down an airport police officer in an area

where drivers pick up recently arrived passengers, according to

Tampa's airport police.

"He advised the officer he may have a warrant for his arrest

from Jacksonville," said airport police Lt. Robert Dixon. "The

officer invited him into the police station, we did a records

check and sure enough, there was a warrant, and he was placed

under arrest."

Police said Cummings; 23-year-old Jason "Psycho" Stephens, who

is still at large; and a third armed man burst into a home in

the 1500 block of Logan Street in Jacksonville on June 2. The

men were looking for drugs and money.

Stephens grabbed Robert and took him out of the house as

"insurance," police said. The boy was found dead several hours

later at Ella and Tyler streets in a car taken during the home

invasion robbery.

Police issued warrants against Cummings Wednesday, charging him

with murder, armed robbery and kidnapping.

Cummings had apparently been in Tampa since Saturday afternoon,

McLeod said. It is not clear where he was before then.

He did not have an airplane ticket when he was arrested. Just

before turning himself in, he turned in a rental car his mother

had rented in Jacksonville last month, McLeod said.

The toddler's family heard about the arrest from news


"We were pleased that things were making progress," said

Consuelo Brown, Robert's mother. "It doesn't ease the pain of

how we feel. …

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