A 77-year-old grandmother survived what appears to have been an approximately five-hour-long ordeal during which she was repeatedly abused and threatened with weapons ranging from what turned out to be a toy gun to an actual knife.
The alleged assailant, who was taken into custody by Colorado Springs Police? Her fifteen-year-old grandson.
Barbara Miller, spokeswoman for the Colorado Springs Police Department, provides details from the incident report. The document notes that an argument between grandmother and grandchild got underway at around 9 p.m. on February 26 in a residence on the 3000 block of Squaw Valley Drive they appear to have shared. Before long, the grandmother told investigators, the situation spun out of control.
"This appears to have gone from room to room," Miller notes. "The victim says she was kicked in the torso, and every time she tried to get away, he would grab her arms and push her throughout the house -- so she also had bruised arms and some scratches."
At one point, the teen allegedly threatened his grandmother using a pocket knife with a ceramic blade. At another, Miller continues, "the suspect went into another room to retrieve several rolls of duct tape and, according to the victim, pushed her into a chair, attempted to tape her wrists and mouth, and told her, 'If you don't let me tape you, I will cut you.'"
The teen also waved around a black gun he identified as a .45 Magnum. It looked mighty real to the grandmother, but afterward, it was revealed to be a plastic toy.
Throughout the hours that followed, the victim says she fought back by pushing and kicking her grandson. Then, just shy of 2 a.m., after he'd allegedly shoved his grandmother into a drier, the teen was distracted long enough for her to grab her cell phone, dash out of the house and call police.
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Shortly thereafter, the fifteen-year-old was taken into custody, and Miller says he's been charged as a juvenile with menacing, false imprisonment, third-degree assault and crimes against an at-risk adult.
With luck, those risks are a thing of the past -- at least for now.
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