A 78-year-old Kissimmee woman who was beat with a metal pipe during a recent robbery has died, Kissimmee police reported today.
Now, police are continuing their search for one of the suspects -- a man who already served prison time for second-degree murder and robbery.
Margarita Aponte was found unresponsive Jan. 14 near the entrance of the Shelby Place subdivision in Lakeside with facial injuries. Police said Aponte was the victim of a robbery.
Aponte was taken to a rehabilitation center in Hillsborough County, where she died this morning, police spokeswoman Stacie Miller said. It appears that Aponte died of injuries suffered in the attack, though detectives are awaiting autopsy results and the cause of death, Miller said.
Police already arrested one suspect in the attack -- India Usher. Usher, 31, faces one count of principal to armed robbery, police said. She is being held at the Osceola County Jail.
Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Michael Williams, 40, for charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery for allegedly striking Aponte with a metal pipe.
Williams most recently served 17 years in prison on charges of second-degree murder and attempted robbery out of Miami-Dade County. Before that, he served prison time for burglary, kidnapping and robbery, according to the Department of Corrections.
Detectives are looking for Williams and the 1998 green Ford Mustang that was allegedly used in the robbery. Its license plate is 140HJW.
Anyone with information on Williams' whereabouts is asked to contact police at 407-846-3333, by e-mail at email@example.com
or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).