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Arrest made after elderly woman beaten as she walked to work, Tampa police say

A tip led Tampa police to arrest Antonio Whitehead, 55. The woman was hospitalized after the attack.
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Published Feb. 13
Updated Feb. 13

TAMPA — The man being sought for punching and kicking an elderly woman as she walked to work was arrested Friday night, according to Tampa police.

Antonio Whitehead, 55, faces charges of aggravated battery on a victim 65 years or older and two counts of violation of felony probation. Those stem from 2020 charges of the sale, delivery and manufacturing cocaine and obstruction, police say.

The attack took place about 6:36 a.m. Thursday in the 5100 block of N Nebraska Ave.

The woman was walking to work, police said, when she noticed a dark-colored Honda Accord following her. Then the man approached her and propositioned her, police said. The woman told the man to leave her alone and tried to run to a nearby business.

But the woman tripped and fell, police said, and the man caught up to her and kicked and punched her in the head and upper body as she lay on the ground. Then he got back into his car and drove off.

Antonio Whitehead, 55, faces charges of aggravated battery on a victim 65 years or older and two counts of violation of felony probation, according to Tampa police.
Antonio Whitehead, 55, faces charges of aggravated battery on a victim 65 years or older and two counts of violation of felony probation, according to Tampa police. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]

A tip from Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay led officers to find Whitehead at the Salvation Army at 1514 N Florida Ave. Police found a car similar to the description of the suspect’s vehicle and saw Whitehead go into the building. They arrested him without incident.

The victim, whose name was not released by police, was taken to a local hospital with “serious injuries and multiple lacerations,” police officials said Friday. She was being monitored for cardiac injury from a bruised heart caused by the attack. No update on her condition was given Saturday.

Whitehead was being held without bail in the Hillsborough County jail.