Deputies in Hardin County have apprehended a young woman there who reportedly beat a 78-year-old woman with her own cane over the weekend, according to Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain. Deputies arrested 23-year-old Jessica Scates for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, after she allegedly severely beat the elderly victim during an attempted theft at the woman’s home in the 11000 block of Rusty Eddings Road north of Silsbee.
The sheriff’s office reported receiving a call at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, from the victim who said she had been viciously assaulted. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies found the victim lying on the floor with serious injuries, Sheriff Cain said. She had apparently been beaten around the head and arms and could provide little information at the time, according to the sheriff, but was able to identify an assailant, Scates.
Scates had fled the scene, but deputies were able to get a warrant for her arrest, Sheriff Cain reported. Scates was apprehended Monday, Oct. 29, while walking along a Hardin County roadway, and is currently being held at the Hardin County Jail on $250,000 bond.
The victim is in stable condition at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Beaumont where she has undergone multiple surgeries resulting from the beating.
Sheriff Cain said there is evidence that points to a second suspect, but he could not identify anyone specifically yet. The investigation is ongoing.