Man Accused of Attacking Elderly Grandmother Indicted

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Scioto County Grand Jury has indicted a man accused of kidnapping and beating his grandmother.

Joshua B. Horton, 29, of West Portsmouth, was indicted on two counts of kidnapping, one count of felonious assault, on count of weapon under disability, and one county of attempted aggravated arson.

Investigators say in December, Horton attacked his 67-year-old grandmother.

"It started over cigarette tobacco," Detective Denver Triggs said.

Investigators say Horton brought home a different tobacco than the kind they normally use, and when his grandmother confronted him, he went into a fit of rage, hitting and choking her, before pouring kerosene all over her.

"He threatened to light her on fire. He said he was going to burn her and the house down. Some of her hair had been pulled out and was on her clothing. The top of her clothing was saturated in kerosene," Detective Triggs said.

The grandmother was treated and released from the hospital.

Horton's father told at the time of the arrest that he and Horton's grandmother did not want Horton to go to jail, but said he had a drug problem and needed help in a rehab facility.

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