NEW PORT RICHEY — Last year, Richard Rushing met a father and a son at a homeless shelter. William and Jason Smolinsky said they needed a ride to Boston. Rushing agreed to take them for $100.
They were on the road May 31, 2010, when the Smolinskys got into an argument with Rushing, who was driving, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
Rushing, then 51, pulled over near Little Road and Trinity Boulevard, where the Smolinskys threw him out of the car and beat him up, the report said. Witnesses told deputies that Jason Smolinsky jumped into the driver's seat of the blue Pontiac and called for his father, who joined him.
They took off, leaving Rushing on the side of the road.
The car was eventually located in Virginia, authorities said. And this week Pasco detectives went to Manchester, N.H., to arrest Jason Smolinsky, now 28.
Smolinsky was charged with carjacking, burglary and grand theft. Records indicate he was released Tuesday from the Land O'Lakes jail on $85,500 bail, although he is also wanted on a Brevard County warrant for failing to appear in court on marijuana charges.
Authorities are still searching for the man's father, William Smolinsky, 61.