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Local musician suffers brain bleed after being attacked in downtown Tampa, suspect on the loose

Posted at 11:58 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 00:02:09-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- A local musician is recovering after someone attacked him outside of a popular downtown Tampa bar.

Michael Pena was performing in downtown Tampa with his band for a show at The Hub on Saturday, February 29.

After the gig, Pena says he was walking just a couple blocks away to his hotel, The Floridian.

From there, his memory is fuzzy.

"I don’t remember, but I got hit," said Pena. "The police report said a fight broke out somewhere in the area."

Witnesses recall that fight happening outside of Franklin Manor, at the intersection of Tyler Street and Franklin Street.

Someone punched Pena in the back of the head and he fell face-first into cement.

He was rushed to Tampa General Hospital where he remained in the Intensive Care Unit for three days due to bleeding of the brain.

"I was just praying to God the whole time that he was going to be OK," said Pena's wife, Gaillyn Pena.

Pena credits security guard with saving his life after using a shirt to help stop bleeding from his head.

Another woman stayed with Pena until the ambulance arrived. Both Pena and his wife now want to meet both of those good Samaritans to say thank you.

"I wasn’t there but you were there holding his hand and you were there with him the entire time and I am very, very grateful," said Gaillyn Pena.

Tampa Police Department's investigators say they are working leads in the case but witnesses gave conflicting descriptions about the man who attacked Pena.

"The person who did this needs to pay the price for what he did to my husband," she said.