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Saturday, July 08, 2017 1:00 am

Court papers give details of hammer attack

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Scott Leroy Ruse took a hammer from his parents' garage Wednesday and bludgeoned both parents numerous times in the head, according to court records filed Friday.

Gene Ruse, 75, and Sandra Ruse, 71, were found about 3 p.m. on the kitchen floor, covered in blood, in their home at 3309 Homestead Road, according to court documents.

Sandra Ruse was in stable condition and Gene Ruse in critical condition.

Their son, Scott Ruse, 50, of the 400 block of Fifth Street, was found about an hour after the assault in Whitley County driving his parents' Chevrolet Equinox. His clothes were bloody, court documents said, and officers found a bloody hammer in the car.

He told an investigating officer that he planned to kill both parents Wednesday, and when he left his parents, he drove to his “crack dealer's” and bought crack cocaine, court documents said.

Police entered the home through an unlocked door after receiving numerous hang-up calls. Sandra Ruse told medics that she remembered her son being at the home just before the attack, court records said, and that both parents had ongoing problems with their adult son.

After police realized the Equinox was missing from the garage, the SUV was found using OnStar, a tracking device available with GM vehicles. After a brief chase involving Fort Wayne, Whitley County and Indiana State Police, Ruse surrendered without incident.

Ruse told police he took a hammer from the garage and after he entered the kitchen, he first hit his mother numerous times in the head and then his father. He then took his father's wallet out of his father's pants and left in his parents' car with the hammer.

Ruse was booked into the Allen County Jail on Friday. He is charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. His bond is $150,000. 

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