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Homeless felon arrested in man's brutal beating in Pasco

HUDSON — A woman, her estranged husband, her current boyfriend and a homeless guy named "North Carolina" Tommy Owens were partying the afternoon of March 3 when, according to authorities, things turned violent.

For no apparent reason, authorities said, Owens, a 41-year-old felon, attacked the husband, Patrick Conway, and beat him so severely the man was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and was in the intensive care unit. The attack left several of Conway's facial bones shattered, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The wife, Rebekah McLean, 42, lives with her boyfriend, Scott Kirkpatrick, 42, in the home at 12808 Vassar Court in Country Club Estates, where the attack occurred.

Kirkpatrick told investigators that the four of them "became intoxicated and were having a good time until Tommy suddenly went crazy," a report states.

Owens punched and kicked Conway, 47, in the face and body, the report said.

Then, Kirkpatrick and Owens left the house and went to a Circle K where they parted ways, the report states. McLean called 911 from a neighbor's house to get help for her estranged husband.

Owens was found the next day on U.S. 19 and told a deputy he was in a fight "but he does not remember with who or what it was about," the report states. "Tommy stated everyone was at the house on Vassar and they were drinking vodka and beer and everyone was very drunk."

Owens has served three stints in prison — from April 2008 to February 2010, then May to September, then October to November, all for aggravated assault with a weapon, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. This is his third arrest in Pasco since his prison release in November.

He was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery, failing to appear in court on retail theft charges and violating his probation. Owens is being held in the Pasco County jail in lieu of $12,013 bail.

Conway's injuries were not life threatening, authorities said.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at or (727) 869-6229.

Homeless felon arrested in man's brutal beating in Pasco 03/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:39pm]
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