Deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for a known, violent gang member who rammed a deputy's cruiser with his vehicle early Saturday morning.
Anthony E. Batta, 24, is considered armed and dangerous.
According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report the encounter with the deputy occurred in the Moon Lake area of New Port Richey at approximately 8:30 a.m.
Investigators say Batta dumped his vehicle about one mile away from the crash site and then fled on foot.
In spite of his relatively young age the suspect has been arrested more than 50 times in the Bay area. Batta has served two stints in the state prison system for convictions out of Hernando and Pasco counties.
Batta, who goes by the nickname ‘Ghost,' has been charged with a variety of crimes over the past decade including resisting arrest, fleeing to elude, drug possession, auto theft and home invasion/robbery.
Felony fleeing to elude and leaving the scene of a crash charges will be filed against Batta stemming from Saturday morning's incident.
The suspect stands approximately 6'3'' tall, weighs 190 pounds and sports multiple tattoos. Batta is a known game member prone to violence.
Pasco deputies urge the public to contact law enforcement and do not make contact with him if they see him.
The deputy involved in the crash with Batta suffered minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released.
Batta was most recently released by the Florida Department of Corrections in April after serving 18 months on drug and grand theft auto charges out of Hernando County.
If you have any information on Batta's whereabouts please contact the Pasco County Sheriff's Office at 727-844-7711.
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