A 44-year-old New Port Richey, FL man, Joseph Bruno, met Bobbie Jo Curtis, a 40-year-old woman, on the dating site singlesnet.com. Very soon thereafter, Bruno, reportedly asked Ms. Curtis and her 16-year-old son, Bryan Curtis, to live with him. Mr. Bruno reportedly suffers from multiple sclerosis.

They lived together for about a week when, last week, Curtis, her son and a third suspect, Vanessa Musson, allegedly tied him to a dining room chair and beat him unconscious in his home.  Detectives said he was hit several times with a baseball bat and a hammer, and had a gun pointed at him in order to coax out the combination to a safe and the pin number to his bank account. He is currently in critical, but stable condition.

A neighbor, David Lee Ragon, 69, reportedly approached the suspects as they were loading Mr. Bruno’s household items, including firearms and a flat screen television, into his van. Ragon asked if Bruno was ‘alright’ and went to go into the house to investigate. As he walked into the home, the suspects allegedly hit Ragon in the head with a baseball bat. When he came to, the suspects were gone and he called police. Ragon has since been released from the hospital after reportedly suffering a broken jaw and a concussion.

After a week-long manhunt, all three suspects have finally been arrested. The Curtsies were found outside of a motel after a tip to police. As it turns out, Bobbie Jo Curtis has an extensive and violent criminal history. Since 2001, she has been arrested 14 times on charges that include battery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and the sale of prescription drugs.

Valerie Musson, the last to be located and arrested, answered the door of her attorney’s office when police went to question her attorney.

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