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Thief attacks with hammer in holdup at Port Richey ATM

PORT RICHEY — A man getting money out of an ATM at Wachovia bank at 1:15 a.m. Thursday was hit in the head with a hammer by a thief.

The victim, Michael Hayducky, 29, of Hudson, told authorities a man came up behind him as he walked back to his car outside the bank at State Road 52 and Little Road. Hayducky fell to the ground after the first blow. He looked up and saw the man holding a hammer with a wooden handle.

Then the assailant hit him in the head again, saying: "What you got? What you got?"

Hayducky got on his knees and handed the man his Dale Earnhardt wallet. The man told Hayducky to not look at him.

"If you call the police, I'll kill you," the man said, and then hopped on his bicycle and fled.

Hayducky described the robber as a white man with dark eyes, about 18 years old and about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He wore a black T-shirt with a red hooded sweatshirt and jeans. He said he spoke with a "gangster" accent. Anyone with information about this crime may call the Sheriff's Office tip line toll-free at 1-800-706-2488. Tips can be left anonymously.

According to the sheriff's report about the incident, Hayducky declined ambulance transport. Instead, his mother drove him to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for treatment.

Why did Hayducky swing by the ATM so late? He told authorities he had been at his girlfriend's house and decided to get money from the ATM since he was passing the bank anyway. He didn't want to have to remember to get cash the next day to help pay his mother's bill for Internet service.

Thief attacks with hammer in holdup at Port Richey ATM 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:40pm]
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