Jealousy can make people do strange things. It’s a notoriously strong emotion – and one that’s very difficult for some people to control. Nevertheless, what the woman caught on camera in this incident did to an innocent 12-year-old is completely unforgivable.
On May 28, 2017, 12-year-old Presley Keeney went to the Quick Stop store in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with her father. There, she bought some snacks and then waited out front for her dad. As a result, she was alone when she was approached by a stranger.
Presley was enjoying a bite of her Slim Jim when the man in question came up to her. He apparently asked her if he could “have a piece of that,” so she assumed that he was hungry. In the CCTV footage of the incident, we can see Presley reach into her bag and give the man a Slim Jim.
So, a seemingly innocent exchange? Presley’s generosity is certainly on show as she gives food to someone apparently in need. What happened next, then, was a shocking turn of events that might make some people reassess how they deal with strangers.
A few seconds later, a woman whom police have identified as 28-year-old Marlenea Uravage turned up, and for whatever reason, she was clearly unhappy. In the footage, the woman can be seen beginning to swing at the man as if trying to scare him off. Police have said that the guy in the video is in fact Uravage’s boyfriend.
Now although it would have been quite shocking for Presley to see this initial outburst up close, it could perhaps have been explained as a misunderstanding. As it turned out, though, the flare-up was a precursor to more serious violence. Indeed, it appears that Presley was the victim of blind jealousy that manifested itself in a frightening way.
You see, having set the man running, the woman turned her rage on young Presley Keeney. The aggressor wound up and in fact violently shoved Presley, knocking her over in the process. And as can be seen in the CCTV footage, Presley was taken by complete surprise.
Given that Keeney only weighs about 80 pounds, it’s not surprising that the shove sent the 12-year-old flying. In full view of several witnesses, the girl fell hard to the floor against the open door of the convenience store. Then both the woman and the man fled the scene.
Presley’s father was inside the store at the time of the incident, and so he saw nothing of the violence, only rushing out when he spotted his daughter’s hat fly up in the air. As a result, he emerged from the store to find his daughter in a heap on the ground – and not altogether unscathed.
Presley had in fact scraped her hands in falling to the ground. Understandably, the girl was shaken up by her ordeal, too, although she was otherwise unhurt. According to police, Uravage and her boyfriend had already run away; they were pictured on another camera making their escape.
Interestingly, the more you watch the CCTV footage, the more bizarre the attack looks, and various questions spring to mind. For one, how could this “jealous” woman mistake a 12-year-old for a rival? And why does the man run away as if he’s guilty of something?
Presley’s mother, Chere Fuller, figured that the man’s question wasn’t perhaps as innocent as her daughter may have thought. As Fuller said, “I’m not sure he was talking about her food.” With this in mind, the incident could possibly have been even worse than it turned out.
The subsequent police investigation was, in any case, too slow for Chere Fuller’s liking. For one thing, the police failed to secure the CCTV tapes of the incident. And for this reason, Fuller took time off from her work as a nurse to go to the Quick Stop and pick up the footage herself.
Surprisingly, however, Fuller didn’t pass the footage on to the police. Instead, she chose to give it to the local news station to air. Why? In the hope that someone would see the incident and come forward with more information about the perpetrators.
Fuller wasn’t disappointed, either. Not long after the CCTV footage aired on the local news, she apparently received a message from Steven Uravage, Marlenea’s brother. Yes, in spite of their familial bond, it seems that he identified his sister as the main perpetrator and apologized on her behalf.
As a result, the police were able to track down Marlenea Uravage, and she was subsequently arrested for harassment. At the present time, the man, on the other hand, has still not been identified, although he isn’t actually wanted by the police in connection with the incident.
The police, for their part, were grateful for the help from Fuller and the local news station. Police Chief Lendacky said, “I must add that… it was very helpful in that we have received information due to your story and have filed charges in this matter.” That being said, it’s surprising that the authorities didn’t themselves seek to obtain the footage before this had happened.
Uravage had, it’s also worth noting, seemingly tried to change her appearance by dyeing her hair – but she was caught in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, with the aid of U.S. Marshals on June 3. She could also be seen laughing on camera as she was subsequently taken to jail by officers.
And Presley Keeney? Well, such is her nature that she had few negative words for her alleged attacker. She told a journalist, “I know [Uravage] deserves to be in jail, but I hope that over time… she gets better.” In contrast, Chere Fuller said she hoped that Uravage was charged not just with harassment but also child abuse.
In conclusion, it’s hard not to be perturbed by the video. Police said the woman “flew into a jealous rage,” but that’s hardly an excuse. In future, Presley Keeney will, however, surely think twice before talking to strangers.