(La Porte, IN) - A Mchigan City area man allegedly used a pipe in the beating of his 93-year old grandmother. Cylis Tursi, 21, was charged Thursday in LaPorte Circuit Court with two counts of level 5 felony domestic battery. He was already charged with criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm, both level 6 felonies, for allegedly firing gunshots at his mother the day prior to the October 23 beating.
According to court documents, Turski asked his grandmother for money to purchase a vehicle to replace the one involved in a recent crash. After his request was turned down, he began striking the woman with his hands and a pipe over various parts of her body, court records disclosed. Police said it appears the beating lasted for hours until the woman managed to call her daughter for help.
LaPorte County Police responded to the home in the 8600 block of W. 200 North. A strategy for preventing further injury was developed before officers, while approaching, spotted Tursi outside a door. A bean bag round, fired from a gun, stunned Tursi long enough to be safely taken into custody.
Police said the badly bruised and bloodied woman was taken to the hospital but her injuries were not believed life threatening.
Chief Deputy Ron Heeg, Captain Andy Hynek along with deputies Tyler Oberholtzer, Jonathan Samuleson and Austin Wells received letters of commendation for their efforts. “They exhibited extreme bravery under the most of duress circumstances,” said LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd.