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Suspects blame elderly, disabled victim after attack

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Photo courtesy: Escambia County Sheriff's Office

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) a 58-year-old Escambia County woman is facing felony charges after she was accused of holding an elderly woman against her will.

On Saturday, February 20 deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office responded to the 6300 block of Trent Street in reference to a disturbance.

The victim told the deputy that her two house guests beat her and wouldn't allow her to leave her own home.

According to a police report she told the deputy while she was making tea, Catherine Beck told her to leave her microwave alone. The victim took her tea out of the microwave and Beck pushed the device to the ground. Then, Billy Beck pushed the victim to the ground.

She said Billy put his foot on her face while Catherine got on top of her and hit her all over her body. The victim said at some point, Catherine in spat on her and pulled her hair.

The disabled victim fought back, eventually got away and ran to her room. The suspects followed her and tried to get inside her room while she barricaded it with her body.

The victim said she closed the door and put a chair in front of it so the suspects couldn't get inside. After a while, the suspects went away from the door and she pretended to be asleep so she could leave the house and escape to Trent Street where she called the police.

The responding deputy reported he saw a cut on the right backside of the victim's hand and felt lumps under her hair. The deputy took photos of her injuries.

When the deputy contacted the suspects, they claimed the victim regularly beats them with her cane, but despite the abuse they stay at her house because they don't have anywhere else to go.

Catherine claimed the victim poured hot tea on her, that the victim threw the microwave on the ground and that she heard the victim throwing things around in her own house.

Billy told the deputy that the whole event started when the victim threw her food into the backyard because they wouldn't give her grease to make french fries.

The deputy said both Catherine and Billy's stories changed regularly and didn't match.

An investigation revealed blood and cuts the deputy noticed on Billy's left arm were consistent with him trying to jar a door open. Billy told the deputy the victim caused the injuries on his elbow and forearm.

The deputy also observed urine an a broken potted plant on the floor.

Catherine was arrested and charged with false imprisonment of an adult and abuse on and elderly adult. She was given a total bond of $10,000 and is expected to appear in Circuit Court on March 11, 2016.

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