“Robert Edward Moore Arrested for Beating 87-Year-Old to Death in Florida Country Club Parking Lot”

A 75-year-old man named Robert Edward Moore has been arrested in Florida for allegedly beating an 87-year-old man to death in a country club parking lot. Moore was identified as the suspect after a photo of him hitting a hole-in-one at a golf course was published in a newspaper. He has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person. The incident occurred when the victim accidentally hit Moore’s car, and Moore allegedly punched him multiple times before leaving the scene. The victim later died from the injuries sustained in the attack. Moore has been released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court in September. Law & Crime reported

Robert Edward Moore (Sumter County Sheriff's Office and ABC News screenshot)

Robert Edward Moore (Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and ABC News screenshot)

A 75-year-old man in Florida has been arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person after allegedly beating an 87-year-old to death in a parking lot. The suspect, Robert Edward Moore, was identified through a photo published in a newspaper, which was taken after he hit a hole-in-one at a local golf course. Court documents obtained by Law&Crime reveal the details of the incident.

On June 28, deputies from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported vehicular accident at the Glenview Country Club in The Villages. Prior to their arrival, a woman called 911 and reported that her husband, later identified as Dean Zook, had been attacked by an unknown man. According to the woman, Zook accidentally hit the suspect’s black Lexus RX350 while parking, causing minor damage. The suspect, identified as Moore, approached the couple and confronted them about the collision. Despite Zook admitting his fault and offering to exchange insurance information, Moore allegedly punched him in the jaw. Zook attempted to defend himself but was overpowered by Moore’s continuous punches. The suspect then left the scene when he realized the car did not belong to him.

Although the assailant fled before authorities arrived, surveillance footage captured him wearing a distinct blue polo shirt with a dark blue collar. The document describes Moore as a 6-foot-2, 210-pound individual, while Zook is approximately 5-foot-8 and weighs around 160 pounds.

Zook was conscious when deputies interviewed him but started experiencing slurred speech and unsteadiness on his feet. Medical assistance was called, and Zook was transported to Villages Hospital, where doctors discovered he had suffered a brain bleed. Due to the severity of his condition, he was airlifted to Shands Medical Hospital but was unresponsive upon arrival. Tragically, Zook’s condition deteriorated, and he was pronounced dead on July 15 as a result of the trauma caused by the punches.

The day after the attack, an anonymous tipster provided investigators with information about the suspect, referring to him as “Bob.” The tipster also shared that the suspect had been seen at a nearby country club wearing the same distinct blue polo shirt. Through credit card records, investigators determined that the suspect had used his card to purchase food at the Glenview Country Club. The cardholder was identified as Robert Moore.

A detective conducting a Google search for “Robert Moore” found a news article dated November 8, 2022, from the Villages-News. The article mentioned Robert Moore scoring a hole-in-one at the Tarpon Boil Executive Golf Course and included a photo of Moore wearing clothing similar to what the suspect was seen wearing in the surveillance footage.

On July 26, detectives visited Moore’s residence. Moore admitted to hitting Zook, claiming he believed Zook was attempting to flee after the collision. He also alleged that he waited for approximately 20 minutes for the police to arrive. However, the surveillance footage contradicted Moore’s statements, leading to his arrest.

Moore was released on bail after posting $30,000. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Mary P. Hatcher for his arraignment on September 26, 2023.

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