Father dies two weeks after Homestead Road attack Son has been charged in connection with the assault.
A man who was found critically injured after he and his wife were beaten two weeks ago in their Homestead Road home has died and his death has been ruled a homicide. The couple’s son, who allegedly was found with a bloody hammer in their vehicle, has been charged in connection with the attack.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office received information on the Tuesday night death of Gene L. Ruse, 75, according to a news release Wednesday afternoon. An autopsy showed Ruse died of multiple blunt-force trauma to the head, and his death was determined to be a homicide.
Ruse had been hospitalized since he and his wife had been found beaten in their home in the 3300 block of Homestead Road. He died at 7:48 p.m. Tuesday. His death is the 17th homicide in Allen County this year.
According to Allen Superior Court documents filed July 6, 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. Gene Ruse’s death is expected to upgrade one of the attempted murder charges to murder.
Sandra S. Ruse, 71, 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 it 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.
Scott Ruse, 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, according to the affidavit.
According to Fort Wayne Police, Scott Ruse allegedly attacked his parents to get money to buy crack cocaine.
The case remains under investigation by Fort Wayne Police, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the coroner’s office.