NEW PORT RICHEY — Authorities are searching for a violent purse snatcher who attacked two women on Sunday. One victim, 73, wound up in the hospital with a broken hip.
The man, described as being in his early 20s with a fair complexion, scruffy brown beard and light blue eyes, first accosted a 20-year-old waitress at about 12:40 p.m. The woman was on her break and standing outside behind Central Park Family Restaurant at 7657 State Road 54 in New Port Richey.
"Give me your money," the man said and grabbed for her apron with all of her tips in it, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. The woman fought him and he punched her in the stomach, pushed her down and ripped the apron from her waist, deputies said.
A few hours later, the man attacked the 73-year-old at Sunset Bay Apartments at 7334 Kauai Loop in New Port Richey.
The suspect is about 5 foot 8 and 160 pounds. On the day of the attacks, he wore a brown T-shirt, a baseball cap and large denim shorts.
Anyone with information is asked to leave a tip on the agency's website pascosheriff.com or call (727) 844-7711.