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Man arrested in connection with February beating, robbery in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — Deputies arrested a man Thursday in connection with a February robbery in which a 58-year-old man was severely beaten inside his home.

Donald Stuart Hall, 50, of Lake City, was charged in the Feb. 24 attack at the home of William Bennett Roberts, at 5104 67th Way, according to sheriff's officials.

An acquaintance found Roberts hurt at 8:30 a.m. inside his home, authorities said. Investigators later determined that someone forced their way into Roberts' home and beat him about his upper body with a claw hammer. He was robbed, but deputies did not say what was stolen.

Roberts was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. He lived alone on disability money and had battled numerous health problems, according to his girlfriend, Lorie Floener.

Hall was arrested Thursday evening and booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of attempted murder and robbery, deputies said. He also faces unrelated drug charges.

Man arrested in connection with February beating, robbery in St. Pete 04/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 5, 2012 9:57pm]
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