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Elderly woman attacked in her home showing slight improvement
After suffering what police report as severe head trauma, skull fractures and other near-fatal injuries, the family of the 89-year-old victim of a violent robbery that took place Sept. 12 feared she may not wake from her coma.
Police reported good news Friday indicating the victim has emerged from the coma and appears, from time to time, to recognize family members and friends. She is not, however, communicating verbally according to Ennis police.
Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said once the woman is more responsive he hopes to have her take part in a photo lineup to confirm the identification of the suspect police arrested following the robbery.
The incident was initially reported to East Texas ambulance personnel as an elderly woman falling at her home near Ennis Jr. High, but a subsequent investigation revealed the incident was likely a burglary or robbery.
Hopson and Det. Sgt. Robbie Jock responded to the scene and concluded the injuries the woman sustained were not consistent with a fall.
Marcus Nelson, 25, of Ennis was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery following an extensive investigation that included assistance from Dallas Sheriff’s Office crime scene investigators.
Hopson said Nelson was revealed to be a suspect during the course of the investigation and confessed he was in the victim’s apartment when the woman was injured. Police found her jewelry in his possession at the time of his arrest.
Hopson said it is believed Nelson entered the apartment with the intent to steal from her.
A $150,000 bond was set for Nelson’s release after being transported to the County Detention Center.
Hopson and Jock are still investigating the incident.

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