NEWCOMERSTOWN (Tusco TV) - The family of a 65-year-old grandmother recovering after being beaten in her home by intruders is now offering a $1,000 cash reward to anyone who can help bring her attackers to justice.
Cassandra Hammersly-Sockman says the attack happened June 30th around 10:30 pm at her home in the 400 block of Harding Street. She says her mother had returned home early from a family fishing trip and had been back for less than an hour when two men came in and starting assaulting her. She says her son Thomas and his friend fought off the attackers but the men managed to escape before police arrived.
“They entered through the back door, entered her back door, and went straight into the bedroom and started beating on her. Tommy followed them in and started beating on them, and it ensued clear through my house, clear into my living, and a lot of stuff got broke, and they tried to hold them until the police department got here and couldn’t,” she says.
Hammersly-Sockman says the boys described one man as younger, heavy set and wearing a gray hoodie and a pair of red and black Nike sandals that he ended up leaving behind in her living room. She says the other was older, probably in his 30s, and covered in tattoos. She says police are investigating but have yet to make any arrests, and so she’s offering the cash reward as an incentive for someone to come forward.
“We want justice for my mother,” she says. “She did not deserve this in any way, shape or form.”
Police Chief Gary Holland says the investigation has been slow-moving because they initially received some conflicting information but he says they are making progress.
“I do know that the officer that’s investigating it is narrowing the field,” he says.
The reward is for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Hammersly-Sockman says people should contact the Newcomerstown Police at 740-498-6161 if they’re able to provide that information.