$1,000 reward offered for suspect in beating of Bradenton nun

MANATEE -- The Gold Star Club of Manatee County is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man suspected of severely beating Sister Nora Brick on Feb. 14.

Eliseo Ortiz, 51, and Brick were acquainted with one another when Brick invited him into her home and he severely beat her, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators believe Ortiz, who volunteered at one of Brick's charities, is homeless.

Brick is recovering from her injuries and will soon retire to her religious order's convent in New Jersey.

Anyone with information about Ortiz's whereabouts can call the sheriff's office at (941) 747-3011, ext. 2162, or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.