ZEPHYRHILLS — On the morning of March 14, a 20-year-old man stole a girl's car at a party in Seffner — crashed, totaled the car, survived, hitched a ride back to Pasco and was a block from home when the girl and her pals caught up with him, authorities said.
At 7:11 a.m., the group found him in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8154 in Paul S. Buchman Highway in Zephyrhills. Two young men severely kicked and punched him in the head and body — breaking bones in his face, fracturing his skull, causing his brain to bleed, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
The victim — who is now 21 — was taken to a hospital. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said he has recovered and doesn't remember the incident, which was caught on VFW security camera footage.
"He was beaten so badly," Doll said.
He doesn't appear to have been charged in the alleged auto theft, according to record searches.
On Tuesday, one person was arrested in connection with the attack. Joshua T. Pulliam, 23, of 12119 Albany Ave., in the Griffin Park community of Hudson, is charged with aggravated battery. He is being held at the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
The other suspect is still at large.