An anonymous tip led authorities to arrest a 55 year-old man July 3 for the June 28 attack of a 71-year-old Holmes Beach woman — a burglary interrupted by the resident.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said the suspect, Mark Snyder, gave them a confession for the crimes during their interview.
Snyder of 4903 Gulf Drive, unit 5, adjacent to the north side of Anna Maria Elementary School, was arrested by Holmes Beach police following a tip on the vehicle he drove to the 75th Street home through an anonymous caller.
The HBPD published video that was widely shared on social media showing the vehicle as it approached on the street, as well as when it left, and the alleged burglar entering and leaving 530 75th St. on foot.
Snyder was a known as drifter in Holmes Beach, according to the HBPD.
The victim, on returning home from lunch with friends at about 2 p.m., encountered her attacker when she entered the bedroom.
He struck out at her, punching her in the face, knocking her to the floor and kicking her in her ribs.
Snyder was wearing a hat and a painter’s mask when he attacked the victim.
Her purse, containing cash, was left near the front door, although the suspect could be observed in the video leaving the home with two large duffel bags.
Police arrested Snyder at his home on charges of burglary with assault/battery, aggravated battery against a person 65 or older and theft.
The interviews were held at the Longboat Key Police Department, where they have a video-tape interview room, which the HBPD lacks, according to Tokajer.
Formal charges are pending review by the 12th Circuit Court State Attorney.
His arraignment had not been set by July 4.