PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Pasco County Sheriff's deputies arrested a convicted burglar on Thursday in connection with the murder of an elderly Port Richey woman brutally beaten to death in 2005.
- Brian Vincent Stoll was already in jail for burglary
- Deputies say he beat Beverly Bobrick to death
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"Some of the evidence that has contributed to the timing of this arrest nearly 14 years later, was the discovery of a pubic hair inside the victim's residence," said Capt. Mike Jenkins. "Although, there was no signs of sexual assault, there was a pubic hair that through DNA evidence and comparison came back to our suspect, Brian Vincent Stoll."
Since 2006, Stoll, 34, has been serving a 23-year prison sentence on burglary related charges. Deputies said when Stoll was 19 years old, he burglarized 79-year-old Beverly Bobrick's home and stole prescription medication.
Detectives said about two weeks later, on September 11, 2005, Stoll broke into the home again. But that time Bobrick was home.
"He made contact with the victim and he bludgeoned her to death," said Capt. Jenkins. "We believe likely with his hands and his feet."
"What is particularly concerning is not only was there significant trauma to the body, to the head, to the face but there was also significant defensive wounds that existed on the victim's body as well," he said.
Stoll is also accused of killing the victims' dog.
Deputies said Stoll only lived two blocks away from Bobrick and was their prime suspect at the time. Capt. Jenkins said because Stoll was arrested one month after the murder on unrelated burglary charges and sentenced to prison, they had time to build a solid case against Stoll.
"This is also one of the reasons we would explain the potential delay that people may be concerned about. If you knew this guy was a suspect back in 2005, why does it take 14 years?" Jenkins said. "Well, we had the benefit... of knowing that our prime suspect was incarcerated and he was no longer a threat to our community."
Stoll has been charged with first-degree murder and was transferred to the Land O' Lakes Jail on Thursday from prison. Deputies said Bobrick no longer has any living relatives.