Saturday, January 20, 2018
Public safety

Pasco deputies seek third suspect in attempted murder

NEW PORT RICHEY — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office named a third suspect Sunday who deputies say helped a mother and son beat a man with a baseball bat and hammer.

Vanessa Musson teamed up with 40-year-old Bobbie Jo Curtis and Curtis' 16-year-old son, Bryan, to attack a man Friday at Moon Lake Estates, the Sheriff's Office said.

Bobbie Jo Curtis had recently met the 44-year-old man on a dating website and moved into his home with her son.

On Friday, the three suspects tied the man to a chair in the dining room and beat him with a baseball bat and hammer and demanded bank account information, according to deputies. Later that evening, deputies say the three also attacked a 69-year-old neighbor who came into the house searching for the man.

The younger victim was taken in critical condition to a hospital. Deputies arrested the Curtises early Saturday.

The Sheriff's Office said Sunday it was searching for Musson, 26, who may have several firearms stolen from the home at 13124 Midvale Ave. Musson has several tattoos including "Nessa" on her arm, and she may be driving a 2000 white van with a roof rack and ladder rack.

Musson faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and grand theft.

She has several convictions for drug crimes, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, including for possession and sale of oxycodone.

In 2010, she was sentenced to more than a year in state prison for drug crimes in Pasco, state records show.

She went to jail most recently in June on a warrant for a misdemeanor simple battery charge.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

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