TAMPA (FOX 13) - Deputies have tracked down a man they said beat his 93-year-old grandmother and drove off in her SUV, leaving her barely conscious.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Leona Alderman was beaten sometime between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies immediately focused on 54-year-old James Mitchell, Jr., a known drug user, for the beating of his live-in grandmother. He apparently left her outside their home on 52nd Avenue S in a "semi-conscious state."
Deputies got a tip early Thursday that he was in Riverview and arrested him. The victim's beige 2001 Infiniti QX4 sport utility vehicle was located at a nearby Winn Dixie.
Mitchell is being held at the Orient Road Jail.
Family members say Alderman suffered cracked ribs, a brain bleed, and a broken nose. "I don't know if she is going to make it," said Mitchell's mother, Mary Jane Weigand.