Man charged with trying to kill parents Court documents say defendant struck both mother and father on their heads numerous times.
A Fort Wayne man faces preliminary charges of attempted murder and robbery of his parents, whom he allegedly attacked on Wednesday to get money to purchase crack cocaine.
According to court documents filed Thursday, Scott L. Ruse, 50, of the 400 block of Fifth Street, was preliminarily charged with two counts of attempted murder, Level 1 felonies, and two counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, Level 2 felonies.
Fort Wayne Police were dispatched at 3 p.m. Wednesday to the 3300 block of Homestead Road after the communications division received several 911 hang-up calls from that location, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Officers found two victims, Sandra S. Ruse, 71, and Gene L. Ruse, 75, on the kitchen floor covered in blood.
As of Thursday afternoon, Sandra S. Ruse, 71, was listed in fair condition and Gene L. Ruse, 75, was listed in critical condition in a local hospital. Emergency room physicians told police both victims suffered from blunt force trauma and were each hit numerous times in the head. Sandra Ruse told medics she last remembered her son being in the house before the incident. Both had had ongoing problems with their son, the affidavit said.
Police then learned a vehicle was missing from the residence and used OnStar global positioning services to track the vehicle to the Whitley County area. With the assistance of Columbia City police, Indiana State police and Whitley County police, police found the vehicle and tried to make a traffic stop.
The couple’s son, Scott Leroy Ruse, 50, of Fort Wayne, allegedly the driver of the vehicle, led officers on a brief vehicle pursuit before OnStar disabled the vehicle, bringing it to a stop in Whitley County on Indiana 9 at 400 N. Ruse had a large amount of blood on his outer clothing and officers found a bloody hammer inside the vehicle.
Ruse was taken into custody without incident and taken back to Fort Wayne to be interviewed by detectives, the affidavit said.
During a police interview, Scott Ruse allegedly admitted to police he went to his parents’ house with the intent to kill them both. He said he allegedly removed a hammer from the garage and first hit his mother numerous times in the head and then hit his father numerous times when he entered the kitchen. Scott Ruse then told police he allegedly took his father’s wallet out of his pants and left the residence in their car, taking the hammer with him.
Scott Ruse told police he allegedly used his father’s credit card to put gas into the vehicle he took and drove to his “crack dealers” to purchase crack cocaine, the affidavit said.