A 40-year-old woman and her teenage son were arrested on a variety of charges including attempted murder early Saturday following an unusual incident in the Moon Lake community of New Port Richey.
Two people were hospitalized from injuries suffered at the hands of the suspects.
Bobbie Jo Curtis was booked into the Land O' Lakes Detention Center where she is being held without bond. The 16-year-old boy was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing.
Authorities are still looking for a third suspect, described as an adult female.
According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report Curtis met the victim, a 44-year-old New Port Richey man, on an Internet dating site. The man, who has not yet been identified, invited Curtis and her son to move in with him.
Investigators say the suspects had lived in the victim's home at 13124 Midvale Ave. for about a week.
Sometime Friday night the man was tied up and beaten inside of his residence. A neighbor went to investigate when he witnessed the Curtises and the third suspect removing items from the victim's home.
The neighbor, a 69-year-old man, was struck in the head with a baseball bat when he attempted to check on the victim inside the home. The older man called 9-1-1 after he regained consciousness.
He suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. The homeowner was also taken to a nearby medical facility where he is listed in critical condition.
His identity is being withheld due to the fact that the third suspect is still at large.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says his deputies are actively pursuing the third suspect.
"She goes by the name Nessa; she stands approximately 5'5'' tall, has blonde hair and is in her 20s. She also has tattoos," Nocco said during a Saturday afternoon press conference. "We are going to be relentless in our pursuit of this suspect."
By the time deputies arrived at the crime scene the suspect had fled. Bobbie Joe Curtis and her son were arrested by officers with the New Port Richey Police Department at the Riverside Inn on US 19.
The victim's vehicle, a white Ford Econoline Van, is still missing. Investigators are looking for it. It has a Florida tag – 366 TQH.
If you have seen the van or know the whereabouts of ‘Nessa' please contact the Pasco County Sheriff's Office at 727-844-7711.
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