HOLIDAY — An 82-year-old man who was battered by a teen boy on Friday has died, according to Pasco deputies. Investigators were working with the Medical Examiner's Office to determine if Robert Walker's cause of death is related to the beating.
In an interview with WFLA News Channel 8 before he died Friday, a badly beaten Walker said this was his second incident involving the teen.
"I was robbed once before by him," Walker said to WFLA. "About three months ago, he tried to kill me."
Deputies arrested Alexander Perez, 14, Friday afternoon.
Perez faces felony charges of robbery and battery on a person over 65 years old, the Sheriff's Office said. Those charges could increase depending on the outcome of the investigation. Perez was being held in the Juvenile Detention Center on Saturday, the Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies said Perez approached Walker, who was sitting on his front porch on Devonshire Drive in Holiday, about 2:15 a.m. and hit Walker in the face several times. Perez, who Walker told deputies regularly hung out on the block, then pushed the elderly man inside and into the bedroom, where Perez continued to batter Walker, deputies said.
The teen took Walker's pants, which included the man's wallet, credit cards, key and cash, and ran away from the house, the Sheriff's Office said.
Perez did something similar in August, according to the Sheriff's Office. He wore a shirt tied over his face and entered Walker's home, deputies said. Once inside, Perez found Walker in bed and tried to smother the elderly man with a pillow and steal cash, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Perez has been in trouble with the law in Florida before, according to state records. He was most recently arrested twice in June, first by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on June 12 on a burglary charge, and then by Pasco County deputies on June 24 on charges of burglary and vehicle theft. Both arrests, records show, stem from incidents that happened June 12.
He was also arrested in 2014 as a 12 year old in Hillsborough County on a charge of possession of a weapon on school property, records show.