Affidavit reveals details in beating of 73-year-old grandmother

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: December 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm • Published: December 31, 2013 | 4:25 pm 0

A Colorado Springs man allegedly beat his grandmother and seriously injured her with a metal pipe Saturday befores steaing her car, according to court documents.

Samuel Ethan Flores, 18, was arrested Sunday in Douglas County. He was wanted in El Paso County on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated motor vehicle theft, records show. He also faces charges on suspicion of burglary, theft and trespassing in Douglas County.

According to an arrest warrant, Flores violently beat Elvira Countryman, 73, at her home on the 2800 block of Tenderfoot Hill Street in southern Colorado Springs. The grandmother was able to get away and flee to a neighbor's home, where she called police, according to the arrest affidavit.

Countryman told police that her grandson said he was out of minutes on his cell phone and his visit was going well until he "went crazy" and allegedly attacked her with a metal pipe for no apparent reason.

A medical evaluation at Penrose Main Hospital revealed she suffered several scalp lacerations, a rib fracture, two fractures in her right arm and a punctured lung, according to the affidavit.

Countryman was listed as stable but no other details were available on her condition, said Colorado Springs police spokesman Larry Herbert.

Neighbors told police they saw someone fleeing the home in a 2004 gray Cadillac sedan, which police said was registered to Countryman.

During a search of Countryman's home, investigators noted there were blood stains on the entryway and blood spatter on the walls, as well as a man's shoe left behind.

In a statement released Saturday, Colorado Springs police said Flores was suspected of beating his grandmother and asked the public's help in finding him.

Flores was held at the Douglas County jail Tuesday on a $50,000 bond, records show.

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