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Reports: Longview pair used elderly man's cane to beat him, another man

From Staff Reports
Aug. 2, 2013 at 7:59 a.m.

A Longview man and woman were arrested Thursday after police said they beat a 76-year-old man and then a 56-year-old man with the elder man's wooden cane, sending both victims to the hospital.

Mary Annette Johnson, 42, and Jason Jerome Green, 33, were accused of aggravated assault with a weapon after the incident that took place about 7:45 p.m., according to the probable cause affidavits for their arrests.

"The victims stated that Green and Johnson beat the 76-year-old man with his own wooden walking cane, kicking him in the face, ribs and back," the reports read.

Police said the younger victim attempted to make them stop and "yelled out he was calling police and dialed 911."

At that time, the suspects turned on the man, according to the affidavits.

"While he attempted to speak with dispatch, he was assaulted by Green both with fists, feet and the wooden cane ... Several witnesses on scene advised that they observed the assault on both men and ran to their aid."

According to police spokeswoman Debra Stiles, all four people had been hanging out when an argument began, prompting the beating.

The assault happened near Newgate Mission at 207 Mobberly Avenue, and police said Green and Johnson fled toward Electra Street where they were stopped by an officer.

Green was also accused of a misdemeanor crime, interfering with an emergency call, for trying to prevent the 56-year-old man from calling police.

Both victims were taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center where they received emergency treatment for serious head injuries. Their current condition and identities were not known Friday.

Green and Johnson were held Friday in the Gregg County Jail. Each was held under $25,000 bond for the aggravated assault with a weapon charge.



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