Monday, October 15, 2018
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Tampa man, 47, arrested in deadly hammer attack, deputies say

TAMPA — Deputies on Tuesday arrested a man who admitted to breaking into a home, beating a man with a hammer and stealing his money and methamphetamines, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Sean Anderson, 47, entered Wendall Scott’s home on Spencer Circle through an unlocked back door about 6 a.m. Sunday, according to the Sheriff’s Office, went into a bedroom where Scott was sleeping and struck him with a hammer in the face, head and neck. Anderson took Scott’s wallet, credit cards, cash and drugs, and left, deputies said.

Scott, 63, died in the attack. Surveillance footage showed Anderson arriving at Scott’s home, deputies said, and he later admitted to the crime during an interview with investigators.

Anderson had rented a room from the victim in 2017, said Hillsborough sheriff’s Maj. Frank Losat. Late last year, Scott evicted Anderson and installed cameras around his home, Losat said.

Anderson was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on charges of first-degree murder, burglary with assault or battery, and grand theft. He was being held without bail.

Records show Anderson has been arrested more than two dozen times in Florida and has served time in state prison for armed robbery, leaving the scene of a crash with injury, fleeing from law enforcement and driving without a valid license.

Times senior news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Contact Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.

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