Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Public safety

Pasco man in critical condition after being robbed, beaten with bat and hammer

The front page of singlesnet.com offers a simple, hopeful message to its visitors.

"Online dating," the slogan reads, "made easy."

On a day not long ago, a 44-year-old man in Moon Lake Estates, just east of Port Richey, met a woman on the site. Her name was Bobbie Jo Curtis, and she was 40. The two hit it off. So much so that, within a few days of their first contact, the man invited Curtis and her 16-year-old son, Bryan, to live with him.

A week later, on Friday, authorities say mother and son and another woman attacked the man. They tied him to a chair in the dining room, a report says, then beat him with a baseball bat and a hammer.

With a gun pointed at his head the three him forced him to tell them the combination to a safe and the pin number to his Bank of America account, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. They later stole several guns and a flat-screen TV from the home at 13124 Midvale Ave.

That evening, a 69-year-old man who lives nearby noticed the suspects loading property into the man's van. When he entered the house to look for his neighbor, authorities say, the suspects hit him in the head with the bat and hammer. They then left.

After regaining consciousness, the neighbor dialed 911.

Both men, neither of whom have been identified, were taken to the hospital. The younger man was said to be in critical condition as of Saturday afternoon. Though the neighbor suffered a broken jaw and a concussion, his injuries were not life-threatening.

After receiving a tip, Pasco deputies found and arrested the Curtises early Saturday morning at the Riverside Inn in New Port Richey.

Neither the third suspect nor the van was found at the motel.

The white Ford van has Florida license plate 366-TQH. The third suspect goes by "Nessa." Authorities described her as a 5-foot-5 blond woman in her mid 20s.

Anyone who sees the vehicle or the woman can call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7711.

Bobbie Jo Curtis has an extensive and violent criminal history. Since 2001, she has been arrested 14 times on charges that include battery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and sale of prescription drugs.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report. John Woodrow Cox can be reached at [email protected]

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