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Third suspect in Pasco dating site robbery, assault arrested

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 01:50 PM

The third suspect in a beating of a dating website user last week has been arrested, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Vanessa Marie Musson was picked up by the Tampa Police Department on a Pasco County warrant for attempted murder, false imprisonment, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, grand theft motor vehicle, and grand theft.

Tampa police said they and the U.S. Marshals Service contacted Musson's attorney, who previously said he had no knowledge of the suspect. Officers went to interview the attorney and Musson answered the door.

She has been booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where she is being held without bail.

She is accused of helping a mother and son rob and assault a 44-year-old man the mom met through SinglesNet.com.

Bobbie Jo Curtis, 40, and Bryan Curtis, 16, have been charged with unlawful imprisonment, aggravated battery, attempted homicide and grand theft auto in connection with the Sept. 14 attack, said Doug Tobin, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Bobbie Jo Curtis met the victim through singlesnet.com, and the man had invited Curtis and her son to live with him at his home in the 13000 block of Midvale Avenue in New Port Richey, Tobin said.

The mother and son had lived at the home for about a week when they tied up the man and beat him, deputies said said. With Musson's help, Curtis and her son took items from the home, including guns, deputies said.

The victim's 69-year-old neighbor said he saw the suspects putting items into the man's van and he questioned them about the well-being of his neighbor, Tobin said

When the neighbor tried to go into the victim's home, he was hit on the head with a baseball bat, Tobin said.

A detective received a tip that the van was at the Riverside Inn in New Port Richey, Tobin said. Deputies did not find the van or Musson, but they found Curtis and her son, who were taken into custody.

Bobbie Jo Curtis is still in custody on $20,000 bail, according to jail records.

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