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Judges sets $250,000 bond for woman charged with beating 78-yr-old with cane

HARDIN COUNTY - by Ashley Gaston - A Hardin County Justice of the Peace has arraigned a 23-year-old woman and set bond of $250,000 on a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon after investigators say she beat a 78- year-old woman with a cane.

Scates is charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Sheriff Ed Cain says the cane is the deadly weapon.

Justice of the Peace T. J. Hall set Jessica Scates bond at $250,000. 

The victim, 78-year-old Ruby Cravey, is in the intensive care unit at a Beaumont hospital.

Investigators say she has several bruises and a broken elbow.  She is awake and talking.

Ruth...Ruth...Ruth...this is Ruby... I need help, said Ruby Cravey.

That's a voice message Ruby Cravey left with her best friend and next door neighbor.  Cravey called her early Sunday morning. 

Bring your car.  Come get me. Take me to the hospital, said Ruby Cravey.

An attacker repeatedly struck Cravey with her own cane.  Despite her injuries, Cravey pulled herself with one arm across the floor of her home north of Silsbee and managed to get the phone and call for help.

My mother is 80 years old I would be furious, upset and would want immediate justice, said Sgt. Charles Brewer.

Monday afternoon, Sgt. Charles Brewer with the Hardin County Sheriff's department arrested 23 year old Jessica Scates.

She was driving on FM 2937 near Bean Road.

This is a perfect example why you shouldn't let strangers in your home, especially the elderly, said Sgt. Brewer.

Investigators say Scates knocked on the door of Ruby Cravey's home Saturday night.  Scates said she had been beaten and needed to call for help.

Scates spent the night, woke up Sunday morning and according to investigators she began beating Cravey with the cane.

Now a days it's sad but it's true, you just can't trust very many people out there, Sgt. Brewer.

Brewer says it took a lot of work from everyone in the Hardin County Sheriff's office to find Scates and arrest her.

I feel good knowing this girl is behind bars and i hope she doesn't get out for a while, Sgt. Charles Brewer

Tuesday morning, A judge will arraign the suspect and set bond.


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