Man connected to brutal beating of Jacksonville mother arrested, police say

MUGSHOTS: Joshua Thompson, man accused of severely beating ex-girlfriend

4/8/2016 7:32 p.m. UPDATE: Jacksonville police confirm the man connected to a brutal beating of a mother has been located and arrested. Thompson is accused of severely beating Storm Hardy, his ex-girlfriend, and holding her captive for two days.

According to the JSO jail log, Thompson is charged with false imprisonment and aggravated battery.

4/6/18 8:05 p.m. UPDATE: JSO confirms that the suspect in the case of a Jacksonville woman beaten nearly to death is Joshua Thompson.

Storm Hardy and Joshua Thompson have been in an on-again, off-again relationship and that Thompson brutally beat her Wednesday, according to Storm's family.

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BREAKING - HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?! JSO is searching for Joshua Thompson in the brutal beating of a Jacksonville mother fighting for her life. Full story: https://bit.ly/2qaT06G

Posted by Action News Jax on Friday, April 6, 2018
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A Jacksonville mother is fighting for her life in ICU after she was brutally beaten Wednesday.

Storm Hardy, 23, is being treated at Orange Park Medical Center where she is in a medically induced coma.

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Shanena Yoder said her daughter was nearly beaten to death, but was able to get away from the attacker.

According to family members, Hardy crawled to a neighbor’s house for help.

Action News Jax spoke to the woman across the street who called 911. She didn’t want to be named, but said she could barely recognize Hardy because of her injuries.

“I mean her eyes, just swollen and purple,” the neighbor said. “She said she was dizzy and needed to rest.”

Family members said Hardy has undergone surgery to repair her kidney, but will need more surgeries.

They said they know the person who attacked Hardy. We are working to confirm his identity with police.

Yoder said her daughter didn’t deserve this.

“Nobody wants to see their child like that and she has two kids of her own,” Yoder said. “There's going to be a lot of healing -- physically, emotionally, mentally. It's going to be a while."