Exploitation of the Elderly

PORTER, November 18, 2013 - A trio comprised of 19-year-old twin males and an 18-year-old female are charged with a third-degree felony after a Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable found them forcing the boys’ grandmother to beg for money in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in Porter Sunday afternoon.

The deputy was driving the Walmart parking lot around 3:30 p.m., when a woman flagged him down and pointed out the elderly victim, saying she was around the store parking lot asking strangers for money.  The deputy looked up just in time to see the elderly woman getting into the backseat of an extended cab pickup. He approached the truck and found the three suspects inside with the victim and a small child that belonged to one of the male suspects, and a severely mentally challenged male who is the elderly woman’s son.

The deputy asked the elderly female to step out of the truck and accompany him to his patrol car so he could speak with her privately. The woman said the three suspects were forcing her to ask strangers for money and admitted it happened frequently, and always involved only her approaching strangers.
When the brothers were asked why they were not asking strangers for money when they forced their grandmother, they said they “didn’t like begging for money.”

The three suspects, identified as James Cerda, Jr.; Joshua Cerda; and Ashley Ramey are charged with Exploitation of the Elderly. Their bond is set at $3,000 each. Ramey also had an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear.
 Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden called the arrests “sickening.”

“It’s disappointing to think a pair of able bodied young men would rather cheat people out of their hard earned money than work to earn their own,” Constable Hayden said. “But to think of anyone doing such a thing to any elderly person, much less their grandmother, is unfathomable.”

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