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Deputies catch Seffner man they say attacked and robbed 83-year-old woman

BRANDON — Deputies arrested a Seffner man Thursday night they say attacked and robbed an 83-year-old woman.

Michael Anthony Turner, 43, approached the woman about 9:20 a.m. in her garage in the 500 block of S Bryan Circle in Brandon as she got out of her vehicle, deputies said.

She knew the man, deputies said — Turner had been doing maintenance work for her during the past two years.

Deputies said Turner, of 509 Lakeside Drive, forced the woman into her house and took her car keys. He demanded money while hitting and shaking her, they say, and implied he would shoot her if she didn't cooperate.

She gave him $45, and he stole about $500 worth of jewelry, deputies said.

Turner then pushed the woman into the bathroom and shoved her against the wall before fleeing in her 2008 Ford Escape.

The woman's arm was broken and she was taken to a hospital.

Turner was arrested about 9:35 p.m. after a tipster told authorities he was at a Temple Terrace apartment complex. Turner faces charges of burglary, aggravated battery of an elderly person, grand theft and grand theft auto.

The Sheriff's Office said that deputies had recovered the victim's vehicle and jewelry.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at or (813) 226-3433.

Deputies catch Seffner man they say attacked and robbed 83-year-old woman 12/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2011 11:02pm]
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