IRVING (CBS11) – An 85-year-old grandmother is recovering after police say she was kidnapped from her home and then stabbed and beaten.
The victim’s daughter-in-law believes the 85-year-old was targeted because of a past connection. Coco used to be the victim’s husband’s caregiver.
The marks on the the grandmother’s arm tell a story of survival.
“This is from, I think, punching and stabbing,” said Gail Simmons.
Simmons visited her mother-in-law in the hospital, and she says she got quite a shock.
“When I walked in, I just sobbed and my heart just broke because… she’s an old woman,” said Simmons.
Irving Police say Coco was sitting on the porch Friday just after 9:00 p.m., waiting for the victim and her 89-year-old husband.
“She pushed him in and closed the door – said she knew where her stolen jewelry was,” said Simmons.
The jewelry recently went missing. Police say Coco then whipped out a knife.
“This lady was doing this [makes swinging motion] while she was trying to drive the car,” said Simmons.
Simmons says her mother-in-law started singing “Jesus Loves Me.” She believes faith may have saved her.
“That’s what started the conversation. ‘Do you go to church?’ She said, ‘since you go to church, I won’t kill you,'” said Simmons.
Police say Coco told the victim to stop at a McDonald’s, where she jumped out.
“She did not get away with anything. I think that might be why she said, ‘pull over and let me out,'” said Simmons.
Simmons says her mother-in-law managed to drive to a QuikTrip in Arlington where customers called police.
Simmons doesn’t know how long her mother-in-law will have to stay at the hospital.