A teen boy being held on assault charges in connection with Virginia teen, Jholie Moussa, is getting out of jail soon.
FOX News reports that although authorities won’t identify him because he’s a minor, a 17-year-old male, said to be Moussa’s ex-boyfriend, could walk out of jail soon on an assault charge against Moussa that happened before she was found dead. Authorities found Moussa murdered earlier this month, covered in branches at a park close to her Lower Alexandria home.
During a court hearing on Wednesday in regards to the Jan. 18 assault charge, a judge ordered the teen to be released while wearing GPS monitor. He’s facing a felony assault charge, although the details surrounding how and why the incident happened are still unclear. His next court date is scheduled for April 2.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jholie disappeared on Friday, Jan. 12. According to the teen’s mother, Syreeta Hill, her daughter left home that day at around 4:15 p.m., supposedly headed to a party in Norfolk.
Last month, police indicated that they didn’t feel Jholie was in danger and declined to issue an AMBER Alert, despite Hill’s insistence that Jholie would never run away. The worried mother posted a Facebook video on Jan. 16, pleading for her daughter’s safe return.
“Based on the facts of the case, there is nothing that indicates that Moussa is in any danger,” Fairfax County police said in an earlier statement obtained by NBC News.
Authorities are now treating the teen’s death as homicide, and although her former boyfriend is considered a person of interest, he’s not a suspect at this point.
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Jholie Moussa/Family Handout]