TARPON SPRINGS — Bystanders chased a transient and held him until police arrived Wednesday afternoon after authorities said he beat up a city librarian.
The librarian, Salvatore Miranda, suffered facial fractures in the attack, which happened around 1 p.m. at the library at 138 E Lemon St. Miranda, who was taken to Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, also had several lacerations to the right side of his face. The injuries were so severe, Miranda's right eye was swollen shut.
According to Tarpon Springs police, 39 year-old Paul H. Poekert went into the library and started hitting Miranda in the face with a closed fist.
It's unclear why Poekert attacked Miranda. He was arrested on a charge of felony battery.
Court records show Poekert has previous convictions in Pinellas County for disorderly conduct and failure to appear for trespassing.