City man now charged with murder of father after beatings

A man already facing attempted murder and robbery charges after he allegedly beat his parents with a hammer and took their credit card and their car now faces murder and felony murder charges in the wake of his father’s death as a result of the beating.

Scott L. Ruse, 50, of the 400 block of Fifth Street, appeared Wednesday in Allen Superior Court for a trial-setting hearing and a reading of the new charges.

Ruse allegedly attacked his parents July 5 to get money to purchase crack cocaine. His father, Gene L. Ruse, 75, died July 18, nearly two weeks after being beaten in the head with a hammer. Ruse’s mother, Sandra Ruse, 71, is still recovering from her injuries. Ruse already faced two attempted murder and two robbery resulting in serious bodily injury charges. On Wednesday, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the attempted murder charge as it related to Gene L. Ruse, adding murder and felony murder charges. Felony murder is filed when a murder takes place during the commission of a felony, in this case the robbery of the credit card and car.

A no-contact order was dismissed that pertained to Ruse’s father, while a no-contact order is still in place pertaining to his mother.

Fort Wayne Police were dispatched at 3 p.m. July 5 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.

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, 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 returned 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.

Ruse’s next appearance in court is Oct. 23 for a pretrial conference. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 28-30.