Sunday, February 21, 2016

Florida Woman, 23, Beaten By Craigslist Roommate

Danielle Jones, 23, was beaten by a roommate she found on Craigslist. Credit: GoFundme

MIAMI, Florida  - A Florida woman was allegedly brutally attacked by a roommate she found on Craigslist.

23-year-old Danielle Jones, a caterer in Miami, Florida, was beaten on her birthday, which also happens to be Valentines Day, by 35-year-old Byron Mitchell who had become her roommate in a Downtown Miami apartment just one week prior to the attack. Jones has remained in a coma ever since the attack.

"My daughter's face is cut up like he was going to take her face off. She has a brain injury and no one knows what the prognosis is," Jones' Mother, Aimee Nikolove told NBC 6 Miami.

Miami-Dade police arrested Mitchell the day after the beating and charged him with attempted murder. Mitchell is claiming that he acted in self-defense because Jones came after him with a knife. 

Byron Mitchell, 35, has been charged with attempted murder. Credit: Miami-Dade booking photo.

Jones’s family has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for hospital costs and to raise awareness about the dangers of becoming a roommate with a stranger. On the GoFundMe page, the family writes:

"On the morning of February 14, 2016, 23 year old (night of her birthday) was bludgened, strangled and face mutilated in an attempted murder by a man she had accepted as a roommate after she placed an add on Craigslist.
She is in a coma, intubated and holding on to life...
If and when she wakes, she will need extensive care and rehabilitation.
Please help her any way you can.
Even if just with prayers..."

Danielle Jones has remained in a coma following the attack. Credit: GoFundme

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