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Detectives Work to Identify Suspect who Attacked Elderly Female

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Tampa Police Detectives are working to identify and apprehend the subject who violently assaulted an elderly female as she was walking to work in the 5100 block of N. Nebraska Ave. early Thursday morning.

The suspect was in a dark-colored (possibly black) 2008-12 Honda Accord coupe (pictured below) when the victim noticed he was following her, and she became fearful of his intentions. The suspect then approached the victim and tried to proposition her. The victim told the suspect to leave her alone and then tripped as she tried to run from the scene to a nearby business. The male caught up to her and began kicking and punching her around the head and upper body. The suspect then got into his car and left.

The suspect is described as a black male, possibly in his 30’s, approximately six feet tall and 200 pounds with short black hair. He was wearing a tight black polo shirt, tan shorts, and boots.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries and multiple lacerations. She currently remains hospitalized and is being closely monitored for possible cardiac injury stemming from a bruised heart as a result of the assault.

Tampa Police Detectives are asking anyone in the community, who want to remain anonymous but may have information that could help lead to the identification and apprehension of this suspect, to contact Crimestoppers of Tampa Bay. Tips can also be sent by texting the keyword SAFETAMPA to 847411 followed by the information you want to share with investigators, or by downloading and using the SAFETAMPA app (available for download by clicking the SAFETAMPA banner on the Tampa Police homepage.

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