Brooksville, Florida -- A 17-year-old boy is charged in the beating of a woman and theft of her car after he was found driving her vehicle in Tavares.
Tavares police got a tip on Monday that the teen and another individual had stolen a car in Brooksville and were driving it to Tavares. Officers then found the teen driving a vehicle belonging to a 77-year-old woman from Brooksville.
Tavares police contacted the Hernando County Sheriff's Office to check on the woman. Deputies arrived and heard a woman screaming for help. They found her on the floor suffering from serious injuries, according to the Hernando County sheriff.
She was taken to a hospital and later transferred to a trauma center.
She told detectives she went to answer a knock at her back door, when she saw the teenager who asked for someone by name, the Hernando sheriff's office said. She told him that person was not there, and began to close the door when the teen shoved his way inside the home.
The teen knocked the woman to the floor and tried to strangle her when she blacked out, the sheriff's office said. When she awoke, he was gone but she could not find her cell phone or cordless phones, the sheriff said, apparently because the teen took all of the telephones. The woman was unable to stand up and stayed on the floor for an unknown length of time.
The teenager admitted he took part in the crime when interviewed by Hernando detectives.
The teen was arrested and charged with grand theft auto (Tavares), home invasion robbery and aggravated battery on a person older than 65. He is being detailed at the Juvenile Detention Center in Ocala.
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